With a focus on enhancing energy efficiency and promoting e-mobility, Raj Kumar Singh, Minister for Power, New & Renewable Energy, on Monday inaugurated India’s first public electric vehicle (EV) charging plaza at Chelmsford Club in New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion Singh said, “The EV charging plaza is a new avenue for making e-mobility ubiquitous and convenient in India. Such innovative initiatives are imperative for the creation of a robust e-mobility ecosystem in the country.”
The government-owned energy services firm, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) is spearheading the EV ecosystem development in India by undertaking demand aggregation for procuring EVs and identifying innovative business models for implementation of public charging stations (PCSs). The country’s first of its kind public charging station has been established by EESL in collaboration with the New Delhi Municipal Corp. (NDMC). This plaza will host five EV chargers of different specifications.
Speaking on the inauguration of public EV plaza Sanjiv Nandan Sahai, Secretary, Ministry of Power said, “The charging plaza, with its compatibility with a wide range of electric vehicles will greatly spur e-mobility adoption. This would make EV charging hassle-free and convenient for the consumers, thereby making e-mobility adoption an attractive proposition.”
Programme for Improving Air Quality Also Launched
The power minister also launched ‘Retrofit of Air-conditioning to improve Indoor Air Quality for Safety and Efficiency’ (RAISE) national programme. At the launch, RK Singh stated, “I believe the RAISE initiative can potentially alleviate the issue of bad air quality in workspaces across the nation and pioneer ways to make them healthier and greener. I look forward to the success of the programme and wish both EESL and USAID the best of luck for their future endeavours.”
Poor air quality has been a concern in India for quite some time and has become more important in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. As people return to their offices and public spaces, maintaining good indoor air quality is essential for occupant comfort, well-being, productivity and overall public health.
In that context, EESL has undertaken a retrofit of its office air-conditioning and ventilation system. This is a part of the RAISE programme, developed for creating healthy and energy-efficient buildings, in partnership with the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) (https://infrastructuretoday.co.in/web-exclusive/india-us-to-expand-energy-partnership/117559) MAITREE programme. EESL’s corporate office in New Delhi has been taken up as a pilot for this initiative. The pilot focuses on improving indoor air quality (IAQ), thermal comfort and energy efficiency (EE) in the EESL office’s air conditioning system.
As per EESL, the pilot project has thrown up impressive results, with about 80 per cent improvement in air quality parameters with almost no implementation hassles. Considering employee’s occupational health and safety is paramount in any workplace amidst the COVID-19 scenario, EESL is keen to provide such solutions across the country with standardisation and demand aggregation approach.