India's top nine cities will need 18,000 public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by 2030 in order to support the increasing adoption of EVs. India's Minister of Heavy Industries made this announcement when responding to a question on the topic in Parliament.
The cities in question - which include Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Surat, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata - have populations of over four million each. Preliminary studies conducted by the Ministry of Power suggest that these locations will require 18,000 charging stations to penetrate by 2030.
As per the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), there are currently 9,113 public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in operation across India. These charging stations are equipped with a total of 15,493 EV chargers and as of July 31, 2023, they have been serving a fleet of 28,17,554 electric vehicles, according to data gathered from the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) VAHAN portal.
India has been aggressively pushing for the adoption of EVs, and the government's efforts to introduce EV charging infrastructure have been the major driving force behind its success. Despite the progress, the ratio of EVs to public EV chargers in the country stands at 182, which shows that there is still room for improvement and expansion.
A significant boost in the number of EV charging stations will further accelerate the adoption of EVs in India.
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