Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) is leading the effort to develop Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure for Karnataka’s capital city with an announcement that plans to launch 11 fast-charging stations for the city’s EVs.
This comes as welcome news for Bangalore, one of the largest cities in India. Amid deteriorating air quality, the presence of EV charging infrastructure could help encourage citizens to switch out their fossil-fueled vehicles for non-polluting and cleaner EVs.
These 11 charging stations are only the first in a broader program. As the use of EVs increases, BESCOM plans to add more charging stations in a phased manner to meet growing demand. BESCOM itself will add to this demand by procuring its own EVs and will start by procuring 100 EVs for now.
BESCOM’s EV charging station program will help the DISCOM to be ready when the expected growth in EV adoption takes hold in Karnataka’s capital city. No decision has been reached yet about the charge that will be levied on consumers who use the infrastructure. This matter is under consideration by KERC .