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Telangana electric vehicle policy to create a separate consumer category, offer sops

V Rishi Kumar Hyderabad | Updated on January 30, 2018

D Prabhakar Rao, Chairman and Managing Director of TS Transco and TS Genco (file photo)

Telangana is planning to come out with an exclusive policy for electric mobility which will create a separate consumer category in consultation with the State Electricity Regulator.

At advanced stage of preparation, the policy aims to cover charging stations at public places and offer tariffs for such stations at concessional rate in consultation with the State Electricity Regulator.

The policy will also consider offering some direct sops to the EVs, such as lower registration charges and their manufacture in the State to encourage companies to plug in.

The State Government has had engagements with Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors, Lohia Auto and few other manufacturers seeking their engagement in implementation of the electric vehicles, starting with last mile connectivity for Hyderabad metro rail project.

One of the focus areas to promote the growth of the EVs is create the necessary infrastructure for EVs to thrive, that is creating a chain of charging stations at public places.

D Prabhakar Rao, Chairman and Managing Director of TS Transco and TS Genco, said, “TS power utilities are geared up to supply the required bulk power to charging agencies as well as retail consumers. It is proposed to create a separate consumer category for these charging agencies in the Retail Supply Tariff Order in consultation with TS Electricity Regulatory Commission.”

A draft policy is already ready and is in the finalisation process and approval before announcement.

The policy seeks to bring out a regulatory framework too, which will require some amendments to some legislations to enable drawing of power to charging facilities.

It plans to incorporate some suggestions and proposals of the State Transport and Municipal Administration departments.

During a recent launch of shared mobility initiative of Mahindra Electric and Zoomcar, Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Industries, said the State, apart from encouraging EVs for last mile connectivity for metro project, is keen to attract EV manufacturers into the State.

Published on January 30, 2018

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