Govt sets up 155 EV charging stations, 142 solar power plants in Kozhikode 


Electric vehicle charging station in Palakkad

Kozhikode: Kerala Minister of Public Works Department inaugurated 155 charging stations and 142 solar power plants here on Monday. Minister AK Saseendran presided over the ceremony via online. Minister Mohammad Riyas informed that solar panels would be installed in all the buildings constructed under the Public Works Department.

The minister inaugurated a chain of seven fast charging stations and 148 pole-mounted stations, which facilitate the charging of electric auto-rickshaws and two-wheelers.

Minister Mohammed Riyas inaugurate charging stations

Pole-mounted stations

The passengers can charge vehicles at a considerably low cost from the pole-mounted stations as the project expenditure was very low. Earlier, 10 pole-mounted charging stations were established in Kozhikode on an experimental basis. Later, the project has been expanded all over the state because of the successful operation of these stations. According to a tender, the government had entrusted Genesis Engineering and Contract to set up these centres. A production cost of Rs 51.8 lakh has been estimated for the project.

No operators required

Interestingly, no operator is required in these charging stations to make payments and avail of the service. A mobile application has been developed for customers to easily identify the charging stations near them.

Charging stations for four wheelers

Last year, the construction of 43 fast charging stations was completed in different parts of the state. Out of the 56 stations proposed, seven stations were in Kozhikode district. Charging stations with a capacity from 10 KV to 60 KV were installed here. The government had spent Rs 15 lakh on these stations.

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