REVISED GUIDELINES & STANDARDS of EVs (Syllabus: GS Paper 2/3 – Governance/Environment)

News-CRUX-10     4th July 2024        

Context: The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) issued the revised Guidelines and Standards for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure.

Revised Guidelines and Standards of EV Charging

  • Global Comparison: India's ratio of electric vehicles to public charging points is comparatively lower than countries like New Zealand and Norway.
  • Flexibility in Charger Selection: Recent amendments allow operators more freedom in choosing chargers, with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) acting as the facilitating agency.
  • Role of Discoms in Home and Office Charging: Distribution companies (discoms) are tasked with facilitating the installation of home and office charging stations.
  • Urban and Highway Charging Station: Guidelines mandate one charging station per 3km x 3km area in cities and every 25 km on highways, with additional fast chargers for heavy-duty vehicles every 100 km.
  • Heavy-Duty Vehicle Charging Needs: Recent guidelines specifically address the need for charging infrastructure suitable for heavy-duty vehicles, a crucial aspect previously overlooked.
  • Community EV Charging: Group housing societies and similar entities are required to allocate a portion of their parking capacity for community EV chargers, in consultation with discoms.

Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)

  • Set up: On March 1, 2002 under the provisions of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001.
  • Nodal Agency: Ministry of Power
  • Mission: To assist in developing policies and strategies with a thrust on self-regulation and market principles, within the overall framework of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001
  • Objective: Reducing the energy intensity of the Indian economy.