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2636 EV Charging Stations sanctioned under Phase II FAME India

The Department of Heavy Industries operating under Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises has sanctioned 2636 Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations under FAME India scheme Phase II. The stations are to be set in 62 cities in 24 states and Union Territories.

Highlights

The aim of the move is to make sure at least one Electric Vehicle charging station is available in a grid of 4 km × 4km area in the selected cities. Out of the 2636 charging stations to be constructed, 1633 will be fast charging stations and 1003 are to be slow charging stations.

FAME India

FAME India is Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles. The objective of the scheme is to increase the use of electric and hybrid vehicles by offering incentives. The phase I of the scheme was launched on April 1, 2015 with an allocated budget of Rs 895 crores. The phase II was launched on April 1, 2019 with an allocated budget of Rs 10,000 crores.

Charging Technologies

India has planned to use three charging technologies. It includes CHAdeMO, Indian Bharat Standard and Combined Charging System (CCS). CHAdeMO is a quick charging method that delivers up to 62.5 KW by 500 volt and 125 ampere DC (Direct Current). The CCS involves both DC and AC charging.

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World’s First Electronic Flight takes off from Canada

The first fully electronic flight in the world completed its test flight successfully on December 10, 2019. The flight is to operate from Vancouver, Canada to the near by islands.

Highlights

The zero emission completely electronic flight proved that all-electric commercial aviation is possible. The electrical aircraft designed was a 6-seater sea plane that was retrofitted with an electric motor. The first flight lasted for 15 minutes. The electrical flight was designed by the company Harbor Air.

India also promotes and incentivizes the use of electric vehicles.

Promotion of Electric Vehicles in India

The Department of Heavy Industry is implementing FAME-India scheme (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India) to increase the awareness and usage of electric vehicles. Till March 2019, GoI under the scheme supported 2.8 lakh hybrid vehicles by incentivizing around Rs 359 crores and saving 50 million litres of fuel and reducing 124 million kg of carbon dioxide.

The GST on Electric Vehicles were reduced to 5%. Also, Ministry of Power had recently allowed sale of electricity for charging electric vehicles. These moves have increased the investments in charging infrastructure.

Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles in India

Under Phase I of the FAME scheme around 500 charging stations have been sanctioned. Out of these 500, 230 charging stations were installed. The Department of Heavy Industry has expressed interest to get proposals for establishing 1000 charging stations.

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