HMR to be first Metro in India to provide EV charging stations

By   |  Published: 19th May 2018  1:21 am

Hyderabad: Hyderabad Metro Rail will become the first metro in the country to provide electric vehicle charging stations. To promote electric vehicles, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited has inked a pact with Power Grid Corporation of India Limited to facilitate provision of electric vehicle charging stations at Metro stations.

To begin with, Power Grid will provide charging stations at Miyapur and Balanagar Metro Stations. Following this, it will subsequently provide similar electric vehicle charging stations across the entire Metro corridors.

This is a first-of-its-kind initiative to promote electric vehicles (EVs). Further, with Vehicle to Grid (V2G) concept, EVs can also help in stabilisation of grid. With this adoption of EV, the per capita electricity consumption would improve substantially.

In an effort to reduce the carbon footprint, LTMRHL signed the contract with Power Grid to promote these electric vehicle charging stations for first and last mile connectivity at Metro stations.

LTMRHL Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer KVB Reddy in a statement said, “We are committed to provide best-in-class eco-friendly green Metro services to citizens of Hyderabad and this is a step in that direction.”

The running cost is also considerably low compared to the vehicles run on fossil fuels. As India is aiming at high renewable energy penetration, channelising this energy to EV, the net CO2 generation can be brought down to almost zero, he said.

To cater to the needs of currently available vehicle types, Power Grid will deploy Bharat Charger DC-001. As market evolves Power Grid would deploy compatible chargers meeting international standards for all type of electric vehicles.

It is also developing an app, which will help the consumers to locate and share the status of availability of the charging station and facilitate online payment towards EV charging for seamless operation with least waiting time. These EV charging stations will be monitored and operated remotely by Power Grid, said a press release.