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AP Government plans to set up 400 EV Charging Stations across the State

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Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) in coordination with A P State Energy Conservation Mission (APSECM) launched the ‘Go Electric’ campaignThe Andhra Pradesh (AP) Government has decided to set up 400 Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations across the state to promote the usage of electric vehicles. The EV stations will be built under the first phase of the “Go Electric” Campaign.

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) launched the ‘Go Electric’ campaign in AP in coordination with APSECM (Andhra Pradesh State Energy Conservation Mission).

Key Points:

i.The main aim of the Government is to attract investments in the EV sector by setting up electric vehicle infrastructure, and charging stations.

ii.New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Ltd (NREDCAP) has coordinated with International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT), Manesar (Haryana) to set up testing facilities for auto components and vehicles with an investment of INR 250 Crore.

Performance Study:

i.The State Government is planning to undertake real time performance study on electric vehicles.

ii.It will provide electric two-wheelers to the ward and village secretariat staff, and establish testing facilities for auto components and vehicles.

iii.It is planning to establish charging infrastructure at every 25 km along the national highways.

iv.NREDCAP is the state nodal agency for establishment of Charging stations in Andhra Pradesh.

Benefits:

i.Installation of charging stations is expected to boost the confidence of users of electric vehicles and encourage companies to launch new brands of e-vehicles.

ii.It will also help  Andhra Pradesh to take the  lead in the emerging e-vehicle sector. It will increase energy security, control air pollution, and improve air quality.

Steps taken by AP Government:

i.NREDCAP has signed an  Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) for deployment of electric cars. Around 300 Electric cars have been deployed at various government organisations.

ii.NREDCAP has signed agreements with National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and Rajasthan Electronic and Instruments Limited (RIEL) for charging infrastructure.

iii.460 Chargers to be installed in 83 locations across Andhra under the Central Government sponsored Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) Electric Vehicles (FAME-II) Scheme.

Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE):
i.It is a statutory body under the Ministry of Power, Government of India. 
ii.It assists in developing policies and strategies with the objective of reducing the energy intensity of Indian Economy.
iii.It is the nodal agency for promoting electric vehicle charging stations.

Note:-
The Union government is aiming to make electric three-wheelers operational in the country by 2023 and electric two-wheelers by 2025.

Recent Related News:

i.On June 10, 2020 Andhra Pradesh(AP) Chief Minister(CM) Yeduguri Sandinti(YS) Jagan Mohan Reddy launched the ‘Jagananna Chedodu’ scheme to provide financial assistance to tailors, barbers and dhobis(washermen).

ii.On September 4, 2020, the state government of Andhra Pradesh (AP) inked 8 pacts with 7 major domestic and global companies and with the Government of Netherlands to boost the food processing sector of various agricultural products, including bananas, tomatoes, mangoes, sugar, chillies, vegetables, and aqua products in the state.

About Andhra Pradesh:
Ports – Krishnapatnam Port, Kalingapatnam Port, Gangavaram Port, Machilipatnam Port
Solar Power Plant – Kurnool Ultra Mega  Solar Park.

About Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE):
Director General – Abhay Bakre 
Headquarters  – New Delhi