While there has lately been tremendous development in the Electric Vehicle (EV) sector, lack of a structured framework around charging infrastructure and policy remains a hiccup. Towards this effect, the Ministry of Power last week released guidelines around charging infrastructure for EVs.
Ok, let's zoom out: Charging points are a massive EV enabler. They, along with better battery tech minimize the so-called "range anxiety" faced by EV drivers i.e. a fear that your vehicle would run out of charge before you reach your destination or the next suitable charging point. Moreover, the advent of "Fast" charging has now ensured EVs don't really need to wait for long before they're juiced up.
It is hence only natural that the industry (not just the big boys but nimble start-ups which typically innovate much faster) have been waiting with bated breath.
What do the rules say?: Well, you can charge your EV at home now. You will get priority access to electricity from power utilities at the same power tariff. You also don't need to be a licensed power distribution company to setup a public charging station (PCS). If you satisfy the laid out specs, you're good to go. Moreover, if you're a commercial EV owner-operator (e.g. EV trucking and bus companies), you can setup "captive" charging infrastructure for your vehicles.
Unanswered: Are the specs required to setup PCS too cumbersome for smaller players? Can small EV manufacturers (and not only owners like in the case of trucks and buses) also setup captive charging infrastructure? What about parts of the country which are off-grid?
The Big Picture: