Updated: August 29, 2021 8:10:19 pm
So far 20 vehicles have used the EV charging station at Kohinoor building parking lot in Dadar West, in a week since its inauguration. This is the first EV charging station in a public parking lot (PPL).
State Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray on August 18 inaugurated the EV charging station and said that more such stations would come up.
BMC is also exploring locations on municipal properties where charging points for the EVs can be installed. In the first phase, the civic body is trying to set up 35 charging points, which will later be increased to 100. Civic officials said they were also planning to install solar energy plants instead of conventional energy for charging points.
BMC has planned Public Electric Vehicles Charging Stations (PEVCs) across 29 civic-run public parking lots in the city.
“The EV charging station at the Dadar PPL is getting good response. So far 20 vehicles have been charged. In addition, there have been many enquiries before buying an EV,” said Kiran Dighavkar, Assistant Municipal Commissioner, G/North ward.
The EV charging station at Dadar west has the capacity to charge 72 vehicles in a day, with a 2 DC fast charger, which can charge four vehicles at a time, and three slow chargers that can charge three vehicles at a time. The DC fast charger is industrial-grade equipment, which can completely charge a vehicle in 1-1.5 hours, whereas the domestic-grade AC charger or slow charger takes six to seven hours to do the same job.
The BMC on Friday also flagged off five electric vehicles to be used by the civic body. The vehicles are taken on lease from Energy Efficiency Services Limited, an energy service company of the Government of India, for Rs 27,000 a month, including maintenance and repairs. The BMC plans to get over 40 more electric vehicles which will be used by elected representatives and civic officials. In the first phase, the civic body plans to procure about 100 vehicles for official purposes and transportation of garbage by the Solid Waste Management (SWM) department.
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