India ramps up charging infra to spur EVs adoption

by BLOOMBERG

NEW DELHI • India installed more than 650 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in key cities in the four months ended Jan 31, the government said in a statement, as it seeks to boost the production and use of EVs. 

The South Asian nation added 180,000 new EVs to its roads from October 2021 to the end of last month, it said. “This has exhibited greater confidence among the consumers to shift towards electric mobility,” according to the statement from the Ministry of Power. “After the saturation of EV infrastructure in these megacities, the government has plans to expand the coverage to other cities in a phased manner.” 

India has set a goal to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2070. This would require a huge shift to EVs, which make up just 1% of overall annual auto sales, compared to 30% in some parts of China, due to high cost and sparse charging infrastructure. 

Currently, India has 1,640 operational public EV chargers, 940 of which are concentrated in nine major cities including Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai. Last month, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi revised guidelines for establishing a charging infrastructure network. 

State-run oil marketing companies have also announced they would set up 22,000 EV charging stations in prominent cities and on national highways across the country.