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NHAI Plans to Install 600 EV Charging Stations along the National Highways
Simran Kaur
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Published on 7th Jul 21

NHAI Plans to Install 600 EV Charging Stations along National Highways

Electric cars have been widely adopted for a long time, however, Mahindra electric mobility Ltd. launched electric vehicles in India in 2011. And Reva’s electric company car, dubbed Revai. This vehicle was fitted with a lead-acid battery that had an 80-kilometer range on a single charge. Following this, various companies launched a range of electric vehicles in India. Electric mobility gained traction in India, but at a slower pace than expected, as people anticipated greater advancements.

News: To enhance electric car infrastructure in India, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) plans to install over 600 charging stations along 22 state highways.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has announced plans to establish several EV charging stations in the coming months to aid in the development of India's electric car infrastructure. The proposal is part of a broader effort to develop real estate along the country's main roads.

According to sources, the NHAI has identified over 650 properties in 22 states with a total area of over 3,000 hectares for highway infrastructure development. In the following five years, NHAI will collaborate with the business sector to kick-start the development initiative.

As many as 94 sites have been identified along the planned Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, 376 sites along newly constructed roads and expressways, and around 180 sites within the country's existing highway network.

NHAI has already solicited bids for 138 of the 650 selected locations. It has already elicited many replies from private businesses interested in assisting them with this development endeavour.

Installing EV charging stations along India's main roads will significantly benefit electric vehicle owners, who frequently express worries about the constraints of long-distance driving in battery-powered automobiles. At the moment, there are insufficient electric vehicle charging stations along roads to meet the requirements of EV owners.

Establishing EV charging stations along national roads is also expected to contribute to the country's electric vehicle culture.

Additionally: Nitin Gadkari, the Union minister, has stated that India will soon become the world's largest manufacturer of electric automobiles. By the end of the decade, India intends for 70% of commercial vehicles, 30% of private vehicles, 40% of buses, and 80% of two- and three-wheelers to be electric.

India will require approximately 3 million public EV charging stations over the next nine years to meet this objective.

The government's emphasis on delivering world-class roadway infrastructure and accompanying services is likely to provide positive results as well. Apart from EV charging stations, NHAI envisions commercial space along national roads such as restaurants, food courts, and retail shops to bolster infrastructure.

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