South Delhi Municipal Corp to set up 35 e-charging and battery swapping stations for scooters
Starting next month, residents and other commuters in south Delhi can for the first time access e-charging and battery swapping stations for their two-wheelers. In a push to e-scooters, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC)
- Rahul Chugh
- Sep 16, 2021
Starting next month, residents and other commuters in south Delhi can for the first time access e-charging and battery swapping stations for their two-wheelers. In a push to e-scooters, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has engaged Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL) for setting up 35 e-charging stations in the next four months. It will also install 10 four-wheeler charging stations.
"The sites have been finalised and we aim to inaugurate some of these eco-friendly stations for two-wheelers on October 2," said Sanjeev Kumar, Chairman and Managing Director of TCIL. "We are expecting more people to use electric two-wheelers than four-wheelers in future," he added.
Electric two-wheelers are not only eco-friendly but also occupy less space and travel 80-100km after a full charge that consumes eight units of electricity, said an SDMC official. Electric four-wheelers consume 20 units to travel 100km and SDMC has already set up 21 e-charging stations for these vehicles.
"As per a study of Delhi Pollution Control Committee and Phase II of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicle scheme of the Centre, two-wheelers contribute to the two-third of the vehicular pollution in cities. That's why we are creating separate points for charging two-wheelers, particularly on roadsides," said Prem Shankar Jha, Deputy Commissioner of SDMC's remunerative and project cell. "Our stations will be on Ring Road or Outer Ring Road to encourage their use for last-mile connectivity too."
After the Centre's decision on a major rebate for electric two-wheelers, the sales are likely to jump, said Jha. These stations can also be used to charge three-wheelers, he added.
TCIL will be responsible for installation, maintenance and operation of the e-charging and battery swapping stations. Each station for two-wheelers will have space for charging at least four two-wheelers at a time. "The PSU will get space equivalent to three cars (37.5sqm) for running each facility and, in lieu of the land, it will share revenue at Re 1 per KWh with SDMC," said Col (retd) B K Oberoi, standing committee chairman. If it needs more space at any station, Rs 2,000 will be charged monthly per extra space, he added.
"Though each charging point can run on 3.5kW load, we will also install pole-mounted distribution transformers of 100kW each for uninterrupted power supply," said the SDMC official.
The smart stations will have solar panels and can also run on solar energy. Arrangements for drinking water and free Wi-Fi for a specified period will be made to help people wait for an hour during charging. All stations will also have a charger management system, a meter box, LED screens, CCTV cameras and a battery swapping system, said Atul Kumar, Executive Director (civil) of TCIL.
To get bulk users, TCIL will approach service providers in the e-commerce industry who depend on two-wheelers, said Sanjeev Kumar. "As they need to cover shorter distances, e-vehicles will be more economical for them."
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