Kerala State Electricity Board has shortlisted over half a dozen companies/consortiums eligible for setting up electric vehicle charging stations in select locations in the state.
Among the eight companies/consortiums selected by the board after inviting expression of interest from competent agencies include two Kerala based consortiums and Mumbai based Tata Power Company Ltd. The empanelled bidders are: Bridge Way Motors LLP, Kozhikode and EXICOM Pvt Ltd Gurgaon (consortium), Okaya Power Pvt Ltd., New Delhi, Indus Motor company pvt ltd, Calicut and Delta Electronics India Pvt Ltd., Chennai (Consortium), Trinity Clean tech pvt Ltd., Telangana, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd., New Delhi, Tirex Power company ltd, Ahmedabad, Tata Power Company Ltd, Mumbai and Neel Metal Products Ltd, New Delhi.
The board has recently opened an electric charging station in government secretariat compound. As a first step towards readying the state for the smooth rollout of electric vehicles, KSEB would be setting up charging centres at first in six corporation/Municipality areas, namely Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kochi, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Kannur. All these stations would be coming up in KSEB owned land parcels.
"If it was not for the pandemic, the six charging stations should have been up by now. Once the travel restrictions and other difficulties brought about by the pandemic end, the stations would be commissioned without much delay," said one of the senior officials responsible for the project.
In association with the agencies selected, the board plans to set up 64 charging stations in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode districts. Of this, 33 EV charging stations would be coming up in land under government/local bodies and autonomous bodies. 20 would be set up in KSEB land and the rest 11 in private land.
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