India allowed operators to set up public charging stations for electric vehicles without a licence and will provide land on a revenue-sharing model as the nation looks to build an ecosystem for battery-powered mobility and curb one of the world’s worst air pollution.
State government will fix tariff for charging stations under the new consolidated rules promulgated by the Ministry of Power, according to a government statement. Individual owners can now charge their vehicles at home using existing electricity connections.
The guidelines replace October 2019 norms and amendments made in June 2020.
The revised norms encourage shift towards cleaner transport when automakers including Tata Motors Ltd., Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. and Hyundai Motors India Ltd. have committed investments in electric vehicles. It’s part of a larger plan to curb import of fossil fuels and clean up toxic air in Indian cities, some of which rank among places with the worst air pollution.