MGC hires car companies to install electric vehicle charging stations in Gurugram
Gurugram: The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) plans to harness city automakers to install charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) off-site on its premises, officials said Tuesday.
On Monday, MCG Commissioner Mukesh Kumar Ahuja instructed MCG officials to schedule a meeting at the earliest to discuss the matter with vehicle manufacturer officials. They held a meeting on Monday on “Reinforcement of charging station facilities for electric vehicles” as part of “Project Parivartan”.
Project Parivartan was launched with the aim of encouraging the use of electric auto rickshaws in the city by replacing diesel and petrol cars, in line with a National Green Tribunal (NGT) order stating that diesel vehicles must be over 10 years old and Gasoline vehicles older than 15 years cannot play in the National Capital Region (NCR). EV manufacturers, scrap dealers, charging station installers and bank representatives have set up booths at the camp.
MCG Public Relations Officer (PRO) Satyabir Singh Rohilla said that under this plan, manufacturers can use their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds to install EV charging stations for the current transition phase. “A station to charge three electric vehicles, including tricycles, will cost about €1 lakh. During the meeting with the manufacturers, a decision will be made as to whether these EV charging stations will charge for the service or be initially free,” said a senior MCG authority on the matter, asking for anonymity.
Rohilla also said Ahuja has directed officials to set up camps at all 18 auto-rickshaw stands in Gurugram, where each EV manufacturer can take turns displaying its three-wheel EV models on a daily basis to encourage owners and drivers to switch to the battery-powered ones Next generation vehicles.
Harbhajan Singh, Chair of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Haryana Chapter, for Ease of Doing Business, said the MCG should urge affected businesses to install EV charging stations on a large scale at auto rickshaw stands and near Install subway stations. instead of installing them outside their premises.
Singh also said that all companies would need to install electric vehicle charging stations on their premises for their own employees who will switch to electric vehicles in the near future. “Companies need to spend their CSR funds, but it would be better if they used them in a way that would benefit a large number of EV users,” said Singh, who retired as chief executive of Honda (two-wheelers) in 2020.
Many such companies are located in remote areas throughout Gurugram and an auto rickshaw owner or ordinary man would not prefer to travel several kilometers just to charge their electric vehicles.
Meanwhile, authorities said Ahuja has directed its concerned officials to designate additional locations for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in addition to the existing three stations at the Sector 27 community center, the Sector 29 fire station and the Sector 42 MCG office.
Ahuja has also directed MCG officials to hold meetings with owners of commercial buildings, malls and gas stations at the earliest so they can set up EV charging stations on their infrastructure. He has ordered city officials to expedite processing of 380 applications to purchase three-wheel electric vehicles, which officials said were purchased during a special camp that began March 10 in the city.
“The Commissioner has ordered that all 380 applications should be disbursed loans and the electric vehicles should be delivered as soon as possible so that other auto rickshaw owners feel the need to do the same at the earliest. It also aims to avoid the situation where owners might choose to purchase three-wheelers powered by compressed natural gas (CNG),” an MCG official said, asking not to be identified.