The centre has issued new guidelines that allow you to charge your electric vehicle utilizing your existing power connection.

The Center for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure has announced new rules that allow owners to charge their vehicles in their homes or offices using existing electrical connections. On January 14, the Centre published new updated unified rules and standards for electric car charging infrastructure.

These new norms and regulations, according to the Ministry of Power, would help India embrace electric cars more quickly by assuring a safe, dependable, accessible and inexpensive charging infrastructure and ecosystem. This will also boost energy security and reduce the country's emission intensity by promoting the entire EV ecosystem, according to the ministry.

Furthermore, these requirements are comprehensive, including provisions for both individual electric car owners and 'Public Charging Stations (PCS)'. Long-range and heavy-duty EVs must have 'Public Charging Infrastructure', according to the rules. Any individual or business is free to put up public charging stations without a license as long as they match the technical, safety, and performance criteria and processes spelled forth in the rules, an official stated.

Furthermore, the recommendations have been made technology neutral by include not just the current international charging standards but also the new Indian charging standards. Furthermore, to address the difficulty of making a charging station financially feasible during the era of rapid EV adoption, a revenue-sharing scheme for land utilized for charging infrastructure has been implemented.

Parties may first enter into a revenue-sharing arrangement for a term of ten years. The Revenue Sharing Model might be used by a state land-owning body to lease land to a private business for the installation of a PCS on a competitive basis with a floor price of Rs 1 per kWh a source confirmed. Furthermore, the ministry stated that PCS must be delivered within seven days in metro cities, 15 days in other municipal districts, and 30 days in rural regions, according to the norms.

"The distribution licensees should supply new connections or change an existing connection within specified timescales, the official added. Until March 31, 2025, the rate for supplying energy to public EV charging stations should be a single part tariff that does not exceed the "Average Cost of Supply". Battery Charging Stations (BCS) will be charged at the same rate. Domestic charging will be charged at the same tariff as domestic consumption.

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