L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited announced on Friday that it has signed a pact with the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited to develop Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations at all metro stations in the three corridors under construction.
EV charging stations will come up first at Miyapur and Dr. B.R. Amedkar Balanagar stations which fall on the 30-km inaugural route of Miyapur-Ameerpet-Nagole, said MD and CEO K.V.B. Reddy.
In a statement released to the media after signing the pact, Mr. Reddy, on behalf of L&TMRH, said it is a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country to reduce carbon footprint, promote EVs for energy security and to tackle the climate change.
With Vehicle to Grid (V2G) concept, EVs can also help in stabilisation of grid and improve per capita electricity consumption.
“We are committed to provide best in class eco-friendly green metro services to the citizens and this is a step in that direction. Running cost is also considerably low compared to the vehicles run on fossil fuels,” he explained. With the country aiming for a high renewable energy penetration and by channelising this energy to EV, the net carbon dioxide generation can be brought down to almost zero, Mr. Reddy pointed out.
Power Grid will be deploying Bharat Charger DC-001 initially to cater to the currently available vehicle types and as the market evolves, compatible chargers meeting international standards for all type of EVs are to be introduced.
App coming up
An app to help the consumer to locate and share the status of availability of the charging station and facilitate online payment towards EV charging is being developed, said General Manager S. Ravi, who signed the pact with L&TMRH.