An impediment to greater acceptance of electric vehicles (EVs) in the city —lack of public charging stations is set to be resolved.
A total of 24 charging stations already installed will be made operational in a week, according to UT officials.
The move comes after the UT administration asked Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Ltd (REIL) to immediately operationalise the charging stations it has installed across the city.
“Chandigarh Renewable Energy, Science & Technology Promotion Society (Crest) has shot off a letter to REIL directing it to ‘immediately’ operationalise its 24 charging station at nine locations across the city,” said a UT official. These charging stations in addition to slow charging guns also have 92 fast charging guns.
“All these charging stations are connected with the electricity supply and are ready to be operationalised. While earlier there were issues related to charging rates, these now have been resolved. They will be the same as decided by the administration for private firms installing public charging stations. The issue of sharing of revenue is also in the final stages of being resolved,” said the official. The Crest had allotted installation of 37 public charging stations at 15 locations to REIL, of these 24 have been installed.
The CREST recently also awarded the work for installation of 44 new charging stations across the city. These charging stations will be equipped to charge 332 EVs at a time. These will also have 26 battery swapping station for EVs with swappable battery options at various locations.
The Chandigarh Electric Vehicle Policy has targeted installation of charging infrastructure within every sector and in first two years of the policy, a target of 100 public charging stations is set.