Ministry of Power revises the guidelines and standards for charging infrastructure for electric vehicles

Oct 16, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

The Ministry of Power on October 01, 2019, has revised the guidelines on charging infrastructure for electric vehicles issued on December 14, 2018.

The guidelines are revised with an objective to:

·        enable faster adoption of electric vehicles in India by ensuring safe, reliable, accessible and affordable charging infrastructure and ecosystem.

·     Promote affordable tariff chargeable from EV owners and charging station operators or owners.

·        Generate employment or income opportunities for small entrepreneurs.

·        Proactively support creation of EV charging infrastructure in the initial phase and eventually create market for EV charging business.

·     Encourage preparedness of electrical distribution system to adopt EV charging infrastructure.

Thus, it has been further decided as follows:

1.       Private charging at residences or offices and distribution companies (DISCOMs) shall be permitted.

2.       Any individual or entity is free to set up public charging stations provided it meets technical, safety as well as performance standards and protocols laid down by the Ministry.

3.       Public Charging Infrastructure requirements.

4.       Public Charging Infrastructure for long range EVs and heavy duty EVs.

5.       Location of Public Charging stations

6.       Database of Public EV Charging stations

7.       Tariff for supply of electricity to EV public charging stations

8.       Services charges at PCS

9.       Priority for rollout of EV Public Charging Infrastructure

10.   Implementation mechanism for rollout

11.   Selection of implementation agency for rollout

These guidelines and standards shall supersede the “Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles – Guidelines and Standards” issued on December 14, 2018.


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