KSEB to start 6 charging stations in 3 months
Kollam: The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) will set up e-charging stations in six corporations in the state within three months. With this, people need not be hesitant to buy electric vehicles just because there are no charging stations.
Soon after this, 32 charging stations will be started in Thiruvananthapuram district with the help of state government. Charging stations will also be opened in six corporations and Malappuram municipality as a central package.
KSEB also plans to start swapping stations where batteries are available for rent like LPG cylinders. Many private entrepreneurs have shown interest to start charging stations, said KSEB deputy chief engineer Muhammed Shereef.
The amount to be charged for the e-charging facility is not yet finalised. The Electricity Regulatory Commission has directed to charge Rs 5 per unit. The same rate is charged in the fast charging station set up by KSEB near secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram.
It is assumed that there will be 2 lakh two wheelers, 50,000 auto rickshaws, 1000 goods carriers and 3000 buses running on electricity in the state by 2020.
KSEB charging stations
- Thiruvananthapuram – Nemom electrical section office
- Kollam – Olayil section office
- Kochi – Kaloor substation
- Thrissur – Viyyur substation
- Kozhikode – Nallalam substation
- Kannur – Chovva substation
Opportunity for private entrepreneurs
Private entrepreneurs and government departments also can start charging stations. For this, a land that has 15 metre length and 7 metre width situated near roadside is required. Minimum 15 metre road frontage also is required. If space is available, charging stations can be started near petrol pumps as well.