Noida: With Noida Authority joining hands with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) to push for electric vehicle infrastructure, public electric vehicle charging stations will be soon installed at several locations across the city. The Noida Authority is in process of signing an MoU with EESL to set up EV charging stations. Initially, one charging station will be set up for the Noida Authority and five electric vehicles will be rented to replace authority’s old official vehicles.
“We have provided a list of our surface parking lots to EESL. They will conduct a survey and check viability of the locations and demand for the number of charging stations. Once they get back with a list of stations, we will provide the land free of cost and they will invest capital expenditure for setting up the charging stations,” Alok Tandon, CEO, Noida Authority, told TOI.
He added that the aim of the authority is to promote use of electric vehicles, which is why old government vehicles are being replaced by electric vehicles rather than petrol or diesel ones. “We will take more steps to encourage people to buy and use electric vehicles as these are an environment-friendly and viable commute option for the future,” Tandon said.
EESL will identify viable locations by June, possibly within a week, and discuss them with the Noida Authority. Once the charging stations are set up, the revenue will be shared by EESL as well as Noida Authority.
While the charging infrastructure is being created in the city, there are only a handful electric vehicles in the city. Noida has about 3300 registered electric rickshaws, but there are no electric cars or two-wheelers registered in the city, according to the reginal transport authority. One private cab provider in Noida uses a fleet of electric vehicles, but they are not registered in Noida.
The Government of India is promoting EV adoption in India and has set a target of 25% EV share by 2030. EESL has committed to installing around 2000 public chargers in the country in 2019-20.