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Delhi govt., CESL inks MoU for installing EV charging and battery swapping stations

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The Delhi government has announced that it has signed an agreement with the Energy Efficiency Service Limited (EESL) subsidiary, Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) for the installation of charging and battery swapping stations for electric two, three, and four-wheelers at cluster bus depots of its Transport Department.

Each charging and battery swapping facility will be installed at 14 locations. Each will include six charging points, three of which will be for two and three-wheelers while three points will be meant for four-wheelers, he said.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the Transport department, the Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) has agreed to procure, install, operate, and maintain charging units and related infrastructure at its cost and expense, stated a Transport department statement.

The charges for usage of location will be paid by CESL to Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) every month at the rate of one rupee per kWh of energy dispensed, it said.

If the space required by the concessionaire is more than three ECS (Equivalent Car Space) then Rs 2,000 extra would be levied per ECS per month. Initially, the contract period is of 10 years, it said.

According to the MoU, the CESL will start the work immediately and will finish the installation of all stations in the next four months.

The location assessment survey at various DTC cluster bus depots at Rani Khera-I, Rani Khera-II, Rani Khera-III, Rajghat, Dilshad Garden, Seema Puri, Bawana Sec-1, Bawana Sec-5, Kanjhawala, Kair, Dichaon Kalan, Dwarka Sec-22, Rewla Khanpur, and Chhatarpur have been identified jointly by the department and EESL for setting up of the facility.

The real-time status and availability of charging points will also be available on the ONE DELHI app, once installation work is complete.

The CESL will also reduce carbon footprint and wherever viable, will integrate solar rooftop and Battery Storage systems (BSS) with the installation of charging infrastructure, to use renewable energy to power the charging stations, the statement added.

Author : Moulin Oza
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