New Delhi, November 20, 2019: The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) in association with the International Energy Agency (IEA) organized a one-day international workshop on “Policy Framework to deploy Electric Vehicles Charging Infrastructure” at India Habitat Centre, here today. This event was part of E.V.I/ workstream under the clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) framework.
Shri Vivek Kumar Dewangan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Power, Shri Anil Shrivastava, Principal Advisor, NITI Aayog, Shri Abhay Bakre DG BEE, Shri Saurabh Kumar, MD EESL, Mr Christian Zinglersen, Head of Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) Secretariat and other eminent members graced the workshop.
The exhibition focused on the various futuristic technology in EV sector was also organized, where Tata Motors, Hyundai Motors, BMW, Okaya Power, Exicom Power and several others exhibitors showcased the e-mobility technology.
„It’s a privilege to organise a focused workshop to discuss the policy frameworks to deploy electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the country. we were planning this workshop with IEA and CEM since a long time . We wanted this workshop to be a highly focused interaction on this niche area of EV charging . The purpose of the workshop was to enable an interaction between the international subject matter experts and the other stakeholders and leaders working in the Indian e-mobility space . During the workshop , global policies , technologies and best practices on accelerated deployment of a dependable, affordable and reliable charging infrastructure were deliberated. The workshop also had sessions on charging infrastructure standards and city led development to ensure accelerated deployment of EV charging Infrastructure with the view of accelerating uptake of electric vehicles in the country“ said Abhay Bakre, DG, BEE
The day-long workshop witnessed interactive sessions on themes such as EVSE systems, need for deployment of EV charging infrastructure to accelerate EV adoption, enabling policy frameworks, exploring business models, city-led development for EV charging infrastructure, etc. Drawing from global and domestic experiences, sessions provided an overview of the policy options available to Government at different levels (national, state and local) such as incentives, amendments to urban planning requirements or removal of barriers to enhance the pace of deployment of EV charging infrastructure across the country. Innovative business proposition across the EV charging value chain were discussed to identify existing as well as emerging business models and the required enabling policy frameworks for its implementation.
Joint Secretary of Ministry of Power said during the event “We have achieved a milestone last year of hundred percent electrification of villages and we aim to provide environmentally quality uninterrupted power supply and assure an increase in the share of renewable energy generation capacity in india . In April 2018 ,it was decided to make charging of electric vehicle a de-licensed activity , declaring it as a service allowing anyone to setup charging infrastructure in India. We have defined the technical and safety norms for charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and have designated BEE as the central nodal agency at the centre and state nodal agencies in the states for coordinated and planned implementation of charging infrastructure across the country said -Shri Vivek Kumar Dewangan“.
With the view of promoting electric mobility as a viable substitute to conventional modes of commuting, Ministry of Power has taken path breaking decisions over the past two years like obviating the need of a License for setting up of charging stations (enabling any entity to set up a charging station without need of a license) and issuing Guidelines & Standards for deployment of Public Charging Infrastructure in the country. Ministry has encouraged industry partners and always consulted while formulating such policy decisions. We welcome feedback and ideas from all stakeholders to strengthen our efforts towards promotion of Electric Mobility in the country. I am of the view that adopting the latest technologies and best practices being followed globally would be key approach in boosting India’s efforts towards deployment of a sustainable Electric Vehicle Charging infrastructure.
Per IEA globally the number of charging points have grown by around 44% between 2017 and 2018 reaching an estimated 5.2 million points in the year 2019. A coordinated approach to bring together technology solutions with appropriate enabling policies and framework is important. Drawing from global and domestic experiences, this event would aim to identify such opportunity areas for India to help fast track deployment of public EV charging infrastructure commensurate with EV growth and the fast-changing power systems in the country.
BEE is a statutory body under the Ministry of Power, Government of India. It assists Government in developing policies and strategies with the primary objective of reducing the energy intensity of the Indian economy. BEE coordinates with designated consumers, designated agencies, and other organization to identify and utilize the existing resources and infrastructure, in performing the functions assigned to it under the energy conservation act.
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