NTPC Commissions Its Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Vishakhapatnam

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has commissioned its electric vehicle charging station in Simdhari, located in Vishakhapatnam, reported PTI.

The charging station has been designed by the engineering team of NTPC. “The station can have three electric vehicles charged simultaneously at the facility and is fully equipped with all the amenities like parking bays, lighting, power supply, and Wi-Fi access for automated monitoring and CCTV surveillance,” PTI quoted the company’s statement.

The statement added, “NTPC is fully aligned for promoting clean energy transportation in the country, while further hiking the demand for electric vehicles and power generations.”

Recently, Mercom had reported that Exicom, an energy storage solutions provider, won the tender floated in March 2018 by the NTPC for installing EV charging stations in Jabalpur, located in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

NTPC also announced the installation of an EV charging station at Talcher Super Thermal Power Station in the state of Odisha recently. The charging station will cater to the needs of the EVs owned by the company as well as its employees.

Lately, the EV charging segment in India has been getting highly-competitive with an increasing number of players entering the market. Recently, Fortum signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the NBCC, a Government of India Navratna enterprise, to develop EV charging infrastructure throughout the country.

The Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL)  is also looking to diversify its portfolio and enter into  EV charging infrastructure across the country.

Moreover, power conglomerate ABB India has submitted a bid recently to provide 4,500 charging stations in response to a government tender.

Mercom recently analyzed the hotspots in the country leading the EV revolution.

The central government has approved a subsidy corpus of ₹55 billion (~$0.78 billion) to be disbursed under the second phase of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid and) Electric Vehicles (FAME) program. The FAME II program will be in force for five years.

Image credit: By Mariordo (Mario Roberto Durán Ortiz) [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons

Nitin is a staff reporter at Mercomindia.com and writes on renewable energy and related sectors. Prior to Mercom, Nitin has worked for CNN IBN, India News, Agricultural Spectrum and Bureaucracy Today. He received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Communication from Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal University and Master’s degree in International Relations from Jindal School of International Affairs. More articles from Nitin Kabeer