New Delhi. The Kejriwal government is continuously taking one step after the other to promote electric vehicles in Delhi. On Tuesday also, the Delhi government has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with CESL, a subsidiary of EESL, for setting up Charging Stations and Battery Swapping Stations. Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) inked this agreement with Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) for setting up electric charging stations and battery swapping stations on its land. The agreement was signed by DTC Managing Director Vijay Kumar Bidhuri and CESL Chairman Saurabh Kumar in the presence of Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot.
Charging station and swapping station will be built for electric vehicles
As per the MoU signed, EESL through its subsidiary organization CESL has agreed to purchase, install, operate and maintain the charging units and related infrastructure at its own cost and expense at the locations allotted by DTC. The charges for the use of space will be paid by CESL at the rate of Re 1 per kWh per hour to DTC on monthly basis. If the space required by the concessionaire is more than 3 ECS (Equivalent Car Space) then Rs.2000/- per ECS per month extra will have to be paid. Initially the term of this contract is 10 years. As per the terms and conditions CESL will start the work immediately and try to complete the installation of all the stations in the next 4 months.
DTC will be charged on monthly basis by CESL at the rate of Re 1 per kWh per hour.
Charging stations and swapping stations will be installed at these 7 places
Public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and Battery Swapping Stations at Dwarka Sector-8, Dwarka Sector 2 Depot, Mehrauli Terminal, Nehru Place Terminal, Okhla CW-II, Sukhdev Vihar Depot and Kalkaji Depot after joint location assessment survey by DTC and EESL is being installed. Each of these 7 locations will have a total of 6 charging points, out of which three will be for two wheelers and three wheelers and another 3 points will be for four wheelers. Once installed, these locations along with their real-time location and availability of charging points will also be available on the Delhi government’s One Delhi app. Through this, CESL will also reduce the carbon footprint and wherever possible integrate Solar Rooftop and Battery Storage System (BSS) with installation of charging infrastructure so that renewable energy can be used to power the charging stations.
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On this occasion, Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot said that the Kejriwal government is playing an advance role in promoting electric vehicles in Delhi. We are happy to share that this partnership with CESL enables the government to utilize DTC’s land and depots to enhance and improve the charging infrastructure and EV ecosystem in Delhi. We are also engaged in using various non-polluting means to power these charging stations to effectively reduce the carbon footprint.
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