Goa CM inaugurates first public EV charging station

On Thursday, Pramod Sawant the 13th Chief Minister of Goa inaugurated the first public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the state to promote the Green Goa Initiative. It has installed by Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) which is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Service Limited (EESL) while, it is a 142-kW fast charger.

According to some inputs, the establishment of the EV charging stations is part of the agreement signed between Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA) and EESL on November 6, 2020. On the other hand, the CM of Goa has also flagged off two Electric Vehicles- a Tata Tigor and a Hyundai Kona.

At the event, the CM of Goa has said, “The government is about to set an instance for the country by emerging as a frontrunner in electric vehicle standards. If pollution is to be reduced, it is necessary to transfer to electric vehicles. With this ongoing partnership, I hope we will be able to meet the charging infrastructure requirements of the state. I acknowledge CESL for this initiative and hope that the other states will also come forward to boost EVs and EV charging infrastructure.”

Up to now, three high-capacity EV chargers of 122-250 kW, type 2 AC standards have been installed that can use to charge long-range EVs like MG EV variants, Hyundai Kona and Tata Nexon.

Apart from this, Bharat standard DC001 EV chargers are planned for recharging moderate range EVs such as Mahindra e-Verito and Tata Tigor. As per some sources, this shall be completed next month.