Bolstering its green mobility roadmap, the Uttar Pradesh government will develop a robust e-charging infrastructure on major expressways of the state.
These expressways include Bundelkhand Expressway, Purvanchal Expressway, Agra-Lucknow Expressway and Gorakhpur Link Expressway.
Nodal agency UP Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) has invited bids from companies to set up 26 e-charging stations on these four expressway projects.
Top renewable energy firms viz. Adani-TotalEnergies, GMR Energy, Reliance and Siemens have evinced interest in partnering with the state in this respect.
In a pre-bid meeting, more than 10 companies including Reliance, GMR Energy, Adani-TotalEnergies, Belectric, Lightzip Technologies, EV Plexus and Siemens had participated.
The government will provide the land to the successful bidder on a 10-year lease for setting up these e-charging stations. After land allotment, the company will have to commence operations within 6 months.
Interestingly, UP tops green mobility with the highest number of registered e-vehicles (EVs) on its roads, which roughly corresponds to 25 percent of total EVs in the country.
UP EV Manufacturing & Mobility Policy 2022 is aimed at attracting investment, promoting sustainable transport and fostering an ecosystem for EVs and related industries. With the policy, the state is looking to attract an investment of Rs 30,000 crore.