VMC plans to set up 20 stations for electric vehicle charging

VMC plans to set up 20 stations for electric vehicle charging

The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) has finally developed a practical plan to put the idea of installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the city into action, more than three years after it first began debating the idea. Presently, VMC is seeking to sign a contract with Adani Total Energies E-Mobility Ltd (ATEL) in order to install charging stations throughout the city.

In 2020, the standing committee recommended that the civic body promote the usage of electric vehicles. Although this was included in the budget for 2020–21, the panel did not present any specific initiatives. 

The VMC has previously suggested charging stations for the city and intended to install four of these locations in various regions of the city in its budget for 2022–2023. Nevertheless, in spite of the government’s emphasis on green mobility, this did not occur. 

The civic body revisited the idea in the budget for 2023–2024. In addition to promising charging stations, this year’s budget also mentioned the creation of an EV policy for the city. ATEL has submitted a proposal to VMC for the installation of EV charging stations. Now, the idea has been presented to the civic body’s standing committee. 

Twenty charging stations are to be installed throughout the city, according to the proposal. It is suggested that the charging stations run for ten years. For the first six years, VMC will receive Rs 1.5 for each charging unit completed. It will cost Rs 2 per unit after six years. A quarter of the carbon credits produced by launching the factory will also go to the civic body. 

At the charging stations, digital billboards will also be installed, with VMC receiving 40% of the sales. The VMC is required to make space available for the charging stations. Flyovers, gardens, community centers, ponds, and auditoriums are some of the ideas being examined for this.

Next week, the idea will be discussed by the standing committee. The VMC will sign a contract with ATEL for the project if it is approved. Additionally, we recently released the following articles.

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