MMR to get 18 new charging stations for electric cars, 12 more to come up along expressway

MMR to get 18 new charging stations for electric cars, 12 more to come up along expressway
A total of 18 new electric charging stations will come up in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (Representational Image)

To encourage the use of ‘green’ electric and hybrid vehicles, state-run power utility MSEDCL is planning to set up 500 electric vehicle charging stations across Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and the rest of Maharashtra.

In the first phase of the project, 50 such stations will be set up throughout the state, Maharashtra Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDCL) said in a release.

While Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, and Panvel will get four stations each, Thane will get six. Pune and Nagpur will get ten stations each and a dozen will come up along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

The plan is to set up a total of 500 charging stations at key locations in the state in the next three to four years for those travelling by electric cars, bikes or scooters, a spokesperson of the MSEDCL said.

The e-tendering process for the project is in the last phase and the work order will be given within a week, the release said.

Each electric vehicle charging station will be set up at a cost of around Rs 2.5 lakh.

The MSEDCL plans to set up these charging points at its free/empty substation spaces.

A vehicle would be charged completely in about 45 minutes to one hour at these points, the release said, adding that the tariff has been fixed at Rs 6 per unit.

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