Housing Ministry Tells Buildings To Keep 20% Of Parking Space For E-Vehicle Charging
Commercial, as well as residential building in India, will now have to designate 20 per cent of their parking space to provide electric vehicle charging facilities, under the guidelines recently issued by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. These guidelines have been issued by the department of town and country planning to provide electric vehicle charging infrastructure under the Model Building Bye-Laws, 2016, and the Urban and the Regional Development Plan Formulation and Implementation Guidelines, 2014.
Under these guidelines, charging infrastructure will be provided based on the occupancy pattern of a particular structure, type of building and total parking space in the building, which is currently assumed to be 20 per cent of all vehicle-holding capacity at the premise. This would include both four and two-wheelers. Moreover, buildings will need to have additional power load that would ensure all charging points are operational simultaneously.
For dwellers using this infrastructure in a residential or an institutional structure, the metering and the payment of the service will be linked to their monthly maintenance bills. The units will be credited to their respective smart cards when plugged to charge. For visitors, the building will have to provide open metering and on-spot payment options.
It was in December last year that the power ministry had issued guidelines for public charging stations. Under this, the ministry had asked these stations to install both Japanese and European charging platforms. Also, the guidelines suggest setting up a charging station at every three kilometre in cities and 25 kilometre on highways.
It was earlier last year that the power ministry had launched the National Electric Mobility Programme aimed at creating the charging infrastructure and a policy framework to set a target of more than 30 per cent electric vehicles by 2030. The programme, which will be implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), will replace the existing fleet of petrol and diesel vehicles.