Bangalore: Good news for EV buyers in Bangalore; BESCOM will soon launch more EV charging stations

 EV charging stations: BESCOM is now all set to set up 174 additional charging stations within a year in the state capital Bengaluru where people are showing interest in buying eco-friendly vehicles.

There is a demand to open charging points near highways and toll gates, busy roads, government offices, and apartment buildings. Bangalore is said to have the lowest electric charging system of any city in India, which is why people are showing interest.

EV charging stations in Bangalore

With the number of e-vehicles increasing day by day in Udyan Nagar, there is a high demand for charging points from motorists. There are 788 charging stations in the city and BESCOM plans to set up 174 additional stations within a year. It is decided to set up charging stations on petrol station model. BESCOM provides land for the construction of new charging stations and Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) provides concession for electricity charging.

Four or five years ago, when charging stations started opening, the demand was not as expected. At that time, the number of people buying electric vehicles was also less. As the use of electric vehicles is increasing over time, there is a demand to open charging points. There is a demand to open charging points near national highways and toll plazas, government offices, public places, and high-traffic roads near the capital. Also, there is a demand to install charging stations in apartment complexes as well.

288 EV charging stations are operational in the city in partnership with BESCOM. Bescom Training Institute, Malleshwar, Rajajinagar, Rajanukunte, Chikkalasandra, Devanahalli, MG Road, Dommalur, HAL, Peenya HSR Layout, Jalahalli, Bidadi, Hebbala have opened charging units at many places. Charging units have also been started in the premises of TTMC offices of BBMP, BDA, KIADB, and BMTC.

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Cheapest in Bangalore;

Compared to other metro cities in the country, the vehicle charging system is available at very low rates in Bangalore. 13 to 15 per unit charging in other cities. However, an arrangement has been made to charge an average of Rs.7 per unit in Bangalore.

There are three types of charging systems at BESCOM partner charging points. Fast charging is Rs 8.07 per unit, direct charging (DC) is Rs 7.67 per unit and normal charging (AC) is Rs 6.86 per unit. The rate is fixed. The EV Mitra app also has a facility for vehicle owners to pre-book EV charging points.

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80 thousand EV

Four or five years ago, the number of electric vehicles in the city was a handful. After the government formulated and implemented a policy with more emphasis on the use of these environment-friendly vehicles, the people’s mood has turned towards electric battery vehicles.

According to the information of the Transport Department, about 80 thousand electric vehicles are registered in the city. With the influx of new electric SUVs in the market, rising fuel prices, environmental awareness, and availability of charging facilities, more people are showing interest in buying e-vehicles and converting their fuel vehicles to electric vehicles.

Pollution will be reduced:

Environmental pollution is caused by carbon dioxide emitted by petrol or diesel vehicles. The only solution to this is the use of renewable energy which is considered sustainable and indispensable for the future. Thus, BESCOM is putting more emphasis on charging infrastructure to promote the use of electric vehicles. With the use of electric vehicles, the financial burden will be reduced and environmental pollution will also be reduced.

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