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Charging facility for electric vehicles opens at two railway stations in Patna

Charging facility for electric vehicles opens at two railway stations in Patna

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The charging stations will be a great relief to those who have been finding it difficult to get charged their electric vehicle battery at reasonable price in time, he said

PATNA: East Central Railway (ECR) GM L C Trivedi on Friday inaugurated the charging stations at Patna Junction and Patliputra Junction (PJ) to cater to the needs of all types of electric vehicles parked in the circulating areas. This facility aims at maintaining green initiatives by the railways to check pollution in the city.

Talking to this newspaper on Friday, Trivedi said Patna Junction and Patliputra Junction have become the only places in the country where charging facilities for electric vehicles are available. Initially this facility is being provided to those who park their electric vehicles in the circulating areas of the two major stations in the city, he said.

Danapur divisional railway manager (DRM) Sunil Kumar said this facility will be provided at Danapur, Rajendra Nagar Terminal and Patna Sahib stations by March to fulfil the needs of electric vehicles, mostly e-rickshaws and electric two and four-wheelers. The charging stations will be a great relief to those who have been finding it difficult to get charged their electric vehicle battery at reasonable price in time, he said.

According to Danapur senior divisional commercial manager (DCM) Adhar Raj, railways will charge nominal Rs30 to 40 per electric vehicle to charge at least four units. Normally, four units fully charge an electric vehicle which can cover a distance of 120km. As compared to petrol vehicles, e-charging is economically and energy friendly. Railways is charging Rs50 per vehicle as the parking charge in the circulating area of Patna Junction and thus e-charging of four units will cost not more than Rs30 to 40 per vehicle, he said, adding e-charging station points are located at the main entrance and Karbigahiya side of Patna Junction.

Besides, railways has decided to launch e-manzil secure facility at Patna Junction by the end of this month. Under the plan, passengers can easily book their prepaid taxi or cab at the booking point from Patna Junction to reach home comfortably. To ensure foolproof safety to woman passengers in particular, e-manzil centre will keep a close watch on the movement of GPS fitted cabs. In case of the vehicle deviating from the prescribed route, an alarm bell will automatically ring and alert e-manzil centre staff, who will swing into action to ensure safe arrival of the passengers at home, Raj said, adding passengers can pay fare only after reaching home safely.

Railways is likely to start ‘hot battery swap’ facility at the e-charging points. Under this scheme, e-rickshaw or electric vehicle owners can swap their exhausted battery at the e-charging centres and get new battery on lease also, the senior DCM said.

Source: energy.economictimes.indiatimes
Anand Gupta Editor - EQ Int'l Media Network