In India, utility Tata Power is partnering with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to install electric vehicle infrastructure for Central Railway in Mumbai.
As part of efforts by the parties to spread e-mobility in India, the EV chargers will be installed at railway stations, in the suburbs, and adjoining Mumbai metropolitan region.
A pay-per-use model will be adopted for consumers wanting to use the infrastructure.
The first phase will include key railway stations including CSMT (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus), Thane, Dadar, Parel and Byculla.
The second phase will cover the next set of stations including Kurla LTT (Lokmanya Tilak Terminus), Bhandup, Panvel and Kurla.
The development follows an increase in the adoption of electric vehicles in India. For instance, in the state of Maharashtra, e-mobility increased by 405% from 1,459 in 2017-18 to 7,400 in 2019-20.
In Mumbai, sales of electric cars and scooters rose by 1,360% from 46 to 672 during the same period.
Robin Kalia, senior divisional commercial manager of the Central Railway of Mumbai, said, “An EV charging station has been installed at Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CMT) in partnership with TATA Power and UNEP. We plan to extrapolate this model for installing EV charging stations at all major Railway Stations under Mumbai division.”
Atul Bagal, head of UNEP in India, adds: “A transition to e-mobility is one of the best solutions for combatting the challenges of air pollution and the climate crises with electrification being a flexible, energy-efficient and sustainable way to decarbonise the economy.
“India is taking a step in the right direction towards achieving a cleaner transport sector through this tri-party initiative. We are proud to be working closely with Central Railway and Tata Power to leverage cleaner energy sources and nudge India towards adopting them more widely.”
Dr.Praveer Sinha, the CEO of Tata Power, said, “The expansion of charging points will augment Tata Power’s network of 300 already in place in 40 different cities.
“E-mobility is important for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. Today, transport contributes to approximately one-quarter of all energy-related carbon dioxide emissions and is set to reach one-third, growing faster than any other sector. In India, the transport sector accounts for 18% of total energy consumption and contributes an estimated 142 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually, out of which 123 million tonnes is contributed by the road transport segment alone.”