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AP: Establishment of 400 charging stations for e-vehicles in collaboration with NTPC, RIEl

State Electricity Minister Balineni Srinivasareddy said the government was giving top priority to increasing the use of electric vehicles (e-vehicles) in the state. He said he was ready to give the necessary incentives in this direction.

The minister on Thursday launched the state government’s ‘Go-Electric’ campaign online in collaboration with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency to create awareness among the public about the use of electric vehicles (e-mobility) and the charging stations required for them.

On the occasion, he said that 400 charging stations would be set up across the state in the first phase. He said electric vehicles were an alternative to prevent pollution caused by diesel and petrol vehicles.

He explained that the maintenance cost of e-vehicles is very low and charging stations are being set up at the rate of one every 25 km on national highways for the convenience of the public.

Energy Secretary Srikanth Nagulapalli said the central government has set a target of using electric three-wheelers in the country by 2023 and electric two-wheelers by 2025.

Nedcap MD S. Ramanareddy said that NTPC and RIEL have entered into an agreement to set up 400 chargers in the state.

He said these would be set up at 73 places across the state under the Fame-2 scheme. It has an agreement with the International Center for Automotive Technology to test vehicles and spare parts.

He said the company was setting up testing tracks to test vehicles at a cost of Rs 250 crore in collaboration. The event was attended by State Energy Conservation Corporation CEO A. Chandrasekharreddy and others.

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