January 07

Buildings will have to allot 20% parking space for EV charging- Govt

NEW DELHI: Residential and commercial complexes will have to allot 20% of their parking space for electric vehicle charging facilities, while eateries will have to reserve space for kiosks as per the new guidelines of the housing and urban development ministry. 

The department of town and country planning under the ministry has issued guidelines to provide for electric vehicle charging infrastructureNSE 0.95 % through addendum to Model Building Bye-Laws, 2016 and Urban and Regional Development Plan Formulation and Implementation Guidelines, 2014. The guidelines on charging infrastructure mandate provisions in various buildings.   

“Based on the occupancy pattern and the total parking provisions in the premises of the various building types, charging infrastructures shall be provided only for electric vehicles, which is currently assumed to be 20% of all ‘vehicle holding capacity’ at the premise. Additionally, the building premises have to have an additional power load, equivalent to power of all the charging points operated simultaneously,” the guidelines said.   

For residential and institutional buildings, they recommend that the metering and payment be linked with the house owner’s monthly maintenance bills with metered units credited to their smart card that is plugged during charging. The buildings should provide open metering and onspot payment options for visitors. “Charging bays shall be planned currently at 20% capacity of all vehicles including two-wheelers and cars,” the guidelines said.   

They also provide for enhanced power load for each such building type by the power distribution company. "Connectivity regulations and safety norms will be the key for implementation of electric vehicle charging infrastructures both at individual and public premises,” said Alekhya Datta, fellow and area convenor, electricity and fuels division, TERI.   

The power ministry last month issued guidelines for charging infrastructure under which it has asked public charging stations to install both Japanese and European charging platforms. The guidelines specify technical parameters for slow and fast varieties of CCS, CHAdeMO and Bharat platforms. CHAdeMO is a charging platform used by Japanese car makers like Suzuki and Toyota, while Combined Charging System (CCS) is promoted by 15 out of 20 major OEMs across the globe.   

The guidelines require one charging station to be set up every three km in cities and every 25 km on both sides of highways. The tariff for supply of electricity to electric vehicle public charging station shall not be more than the average cost of supply plus 15%, the guidelines said. States will fix ceiling on service charges of the public charging stations. The power ministry early last year issued a notification clarifying that setting up charging stations for electric vehicles will not require a separate licence under the Electricity Act of 2003. 

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