Govt mulls amending Electricity Act for electric vehicles

Citing increased focus on production of electric vehicles (EV), the government may soon amend the Electricity Act 2003 to accommodate them. Power Minister RK Singh announced the same on 31 January 2018, citing the Electricity Act as an “enabler” for implementing e-mobility. Singh went on to say that the technical aspects such as new EV regulations and others similar matters will be taken up by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), while the power ministry will keep watch on the policy side.

It may be noted that the Electricity Act would require no changes if EV charging falls under the bracket of licencee. As the Electricity Act does not have any provision to define electric vehicles, it has asked policymakers to assess the matter and come up with a pragmatic plan.

The government is soon expected to take a call on whether to categories EV charging stations as a service or a licencee, indicated an Indian Express report. He also explained that there needs to be more clarity on risks falling under the practice of arbitrage since EV charging attracts concessional power tariffs. As per the World Energy Outlook 2017 published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), India will be the third-largest country in terms of electric vehicle density by 2040.

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