As a major move to promote EVs in the state, the Government of Andhra Pradesh has decided to install high-speed charging points at nearly 1,000 Indian Oil Corporations Ltd. (IOCL) petrol bunks pumps on the highways across the state.
For this, the New & Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP) is looking forward to cooperation from IOCL and is planning to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the oil company. Earlier, the state government had already come up with a scheme for its employees to buy electric scooters at a subsidy and on EMIs.
Andhra Pradesh is aiming to phase out all the internal combustion engine-powered vehicles in its four major cities by 2024 and in all the cities by 2030. To accomplish this, the state government has recently launched a scheme to promote one lakh electric two-wheelers to government employees for over a year. The numbers would be increased if the demands increase, said Vice Chairman and Managing Director of NREDCAP S Ramana Reddy.
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Recently, to fulfil the scheme of one lakh EVs, the energy corporation has invited expression of interest from the companies and the rollout is expected to commence in a few months. Ahead of the rollout of the EVs, the state government is aiming to set up charging stations on all highways at the IOCL petrol pumps. These stations will provide space to charge at least three EVs at once. Moreover, the electricity department will install meters exclusively for the charging stations and the IOCL staff will be responsible for the collection of charges from the consumers, said Reddy.