The foundation stone for the first-ever electric vehicle charging station (EVCS) in Meghalaya was laid in the office complex of Power Grid Corporation of India Limited at Lapalang, Shillong. The EVCS are being developed under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) & Electric Vehicles (FAME) India Scheme Phase-II. Under the scheme, 11 EVCS in Shillong city (5 public EVCS and 6 at government establishments) will be developed.
Each station will have four units of 15 kW DC-001 chargers and a 100 kW CCS-2/CHAdeMO charger (dual gun), making it 66 units of charging points in Shillong.
The Push Towards EVs In The State
In February this year, the state government announced a dedicated EV policy. It came into effect in April. Among other things, it aims to adopt at least 15 per cent electric vehicles (EVs) in the state by 2025. The state plans to have around 20,000 electric vehicles within a five-year period. This move, as the policy claims, will save about 50 lakh litres of fuel, resulting in a reduction of about 10,000 kg of CO2 emission daily. This means the policy will help in reducing more than 36.5 lakh kg of CO2 emission per year.
The state government will also provide incentives to a limited number of early EV adopters. It will offer a purchase subsidy of ₹10,000 per KWH for the first 3,500 electric two-wheelers, ₹4,000 per KWH for the first 200 electric three-wheelers, 2,500 electric four-wheelers, and 30 electric buses that will be purchased and registered in the state during the period.
The current fleet of EVs in the state is minuscule (just six). But even this tiny fleet has helped save about 1,568 litres of fuel and reduced 3,901 kg of carbon dioxide (CO2), the policy claims. The policy also proposes electricity tariff, including fixed demand charges, for the EVCS and priority electricity connections to EVCS.