Sunday, December 3, 2017
The Southern and Eastern Power Distribution Companies and the State government proposed a power tariff of Rs.6.95 per unit for electric vehicles as par of their Annual Revenue Requirement for the financial year 2018-19.
The proposal came in the backdrop of the recent signing of MoU with Toyota Kirloskar Motor for a feasibility study on introducing plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and electric commuter buses and sanction of 1,500 electric cars by Energy Efficiency Services Limited. The Discoms stated in the ARR proposals submitted to the APERC Chairman Justice G.Bhavani Prasad in Hyderabad on Friday that charging infrastructure would be created in Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Tirupati and along the State and national highways. The tariff are subject to the approval of the APERC.
According to sources, as many as 500 electric cars each were likely to be despatched later this month to Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Tirupati where they would be under hire with the government departments. Principal Secretary (energy) Ajay Jain said that Delhi took the leading in rolling out the EV programme by setting up some charging stations and proposing a tariff and other States were fast catching up.