Good news for drivers of electric vehicles, as now they have not to worry about any situation of running out of charge on the 820-km Mumbai-Nagpur route. Recently, MSEDCL (Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited) has announced about the plan to set up 50 e-charging stations, at every 35km along the route. The important point to note is that 25 e-charging stations on each corridor will be set-up in tier-II cities such as Aurangabad, Nashik, Jalgaon and Amravati. A source at MSEDCL said that entire set-up of car charge stations will be funded by the state and the Union ministry of heavy industries.
MSEDCL also shared its plan to further set up 500 such stations across other states by 2020, and in different routes like Mumbai-Pune, Mumbai-Nashik, and Mumbai-Ratnagiri corridors. It is estimated that approx. 12 stations will be installed on the high-speed route (both ways included) between Mumbai and Nashik. In fact, just few days back, MSRDC has finalized seven plots along the Expressway for the stations.
Government also aims to create the required infrastructure on state highways and want to encourage an expected shift towards e-vehicles. In fact, one of the MSEDCL official even said, “We are anticipating more e-vehicles in coming years and these new e-vehicles to replace diesel and petrol cars. These e-vehicles should not be restricted to move inside a city but must move between cities.”
Under the Centre’s National Mobility Mission 2020, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd also recommends to buy 10,000-battery powered cars to replace petrol and diesel cars that are used by government departments. In fact, one of the recent notable decisions has been announcement made by the state government had introduced an Electrical Vehicle Policy 2018 that offers incentives for developing charging infrastructure that in turn could encourage consumers opt for environment friendly and zero-emission cars.
In Mumbai region, the MSEDCL is also looking forward to set up four charging stations in the Bhandup-Mulund belt, six in Thane, and four each in Navi Mumbai and Panvel. An MSEDCL official also said “In general, every days the Mumbai-Nagpur highway handles 30,000-40,000 passenger cars and so, our plan to set-up charging stations would also be very viable for us. All that we require to do is just set up DC charging points that are effective, durable and this might also help in reducing the infrastructure costs.”