Telangana regulator fixes ₹6 per unit tariff for electric vehicle charging stations

V Rishi Kumar | | Updated on: Nov 20, 2018

An electric car being recharged at Indian Oil’s electric vehicle charging station at Somajiguda in Hyderabad. One hour of charge priced at ₹130 will ensure a 130-km drive | Photo Credit: Nagara Gopal

To pave the way for the growth of electric vehicles, Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission has fixed the tariff for charging stations at ₹6 per unit by creating a new category of consumer.

Apart from fixing ₹6 per unit tariff for both low tension and high tension supply, it has also stipulated time-of-day charges for four slots in a day.

New category

In the tariff order passed recently, the regulator ruled that no time-of-day charges will be levied on charging stations with low tension supply. The regulator created a new category for EV charging stations.

For high tension charging stations, the time-of-day tariff would be ₹7 per unit for time slots between 6 am and 10 am, and 6 pm and 10 pm; ₹5 per unit from 10 pm to 6 am slot and ₹6 per unit for the two Northern and Southern distribution companies. During the finalisation of tariffs, the Southern and Northern distribution companies in their applications had proposed a high tariff of ₹7.50 to ₹10 per unit across four categories along with ₹60 per kw as a fixed charge per month for EV charging stations for low tension category.

For high tension segment, they had proposed ₹6.80 to ₹7.80 per unit in addition to demand charges of ₹390 per kva per month and time-of-day charges. Factoring in the importance of the electric vehicle segment, which is at a nascent stage, and also suggestions made by the Ministry of Power and some private players, the electricity regulator fixed the current tariffs at lower level.

Some of the payers had asked for lower tariffs as the sector needs support.

Representatives of several manufacturers/distributors participated in the hearing. They included Olectra, Automotive Manufacturers, Zoomcar, IOCL, Fortum India, Gati, and Gayam Motor Works among others.

Published on November 20, 2018
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