The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) has announced to soon add 140 EV chargers.
The company will complete the task in the next six months to promote sustainability.
P Rajendra Cholan, Managing Director, BESCOM, in a statement informed that tenders have been invited to set up 1,000 EV charging stations across Karnataka in a PPP model.
“There are seven smart cities in the state and it is envisaged to concentrate nearly 50 percent of these stations in these smart cities with Bengaluru having nearly 150 stations. The remaining stations have been uniformly allocated across the state in each district headquarters and highways. We have involved other discoms to coordinate this activity locally for identifying the locations and faster implementation of the project,” he said.
“BESCOM has executed MoUs with National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL) for installing these charging stations across Bengaluru City,” Cholan further added.
“In coordination with the ISGF, BESCOM has carried out a study on the impact of EV charging stations on the grid. BESCOM and KPTCL together are well prepared for taking up necessary works for faster EV adoption,” Cholan asserted.
Currently, BESCOM is operating 136 EV chargers in Bengaluru city.
In March 2022, the Department of Heavy Industries through the FAME Scheme Phase-2 had sanctioned 172 EV charging stations to the state out of which, Bengaluru city had an allocation of 152 charging stations.
In line with the state government electric vehicles and energy storage policy, a dedicated electric vehicle cell was created as a single-window agency for charging infrastructure-related matters.
Furthermore, the report also mentioned that Bengaluru is facing the effects of an overburdened transport system where private vehicle registration is increasing and public vehicle registration is decreasing.