Mumbai-Pune Expressway to have charging stations for electric vehicles

Four spots measuring 1,500 sq feet and 2,400 sq feet are approved to be alloted by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) for setting up the stations.

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As India plans to turn 30 per cent of its vehicles battery-operated by 2030, Maharashtra is going to have 500 charging stations by 2020 under National Mobility Mission. The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) has floated tenders for installation of 50 stations in the first phase on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway with an aim to create charging infrastructure for Electric Vehicles (EVs).

Four spots measuring 1,500 sq feet and 2,400 sq feet are approved to be alloted by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) for setting up the stations. MSRDC is the agency in-charge of 94 km Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

The MSRDC will grant plots around where there are already wayside amenities like the food court or fuel station. The state discom plans to file a petition before the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) to be able to charge lower power rates for charging the EVs at such stations across the state.

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