In collaboration with the state transportation department, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) plans to install pole-mounted charging stations for e-autorickshaws across the state.
Power minister K Krishnan Kutty and transport minister Antony Raju met here on Thursday and decided to install a total of 1,140 pole-mounted charging stations across the state.
According to the proposals, each constituency inside the corporation’s boundaries would receive 15 charging stations, while the assembly constituency would receive five charging stations apiece.
The committee also voted to nominate the Agency for New and Renewable Energy Research and Technology (ANERT) as the nodal agency for disbursing the transportation department’s 25% grant to private entrepreneurs putting up e-charging stations. The KSEB plans to complete the 26 EV charging stations by February 2022.
The decision to deploy pole-mounted charging stations throughout the state was made in response to KSEB’s successful trial run of the concept in Kozhikode in October this year. Under this pilot run, 10 EV charging stations were installed on electricity poles for autorickshaws and two-wheelers.