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MSEDCL to seek separate tariff for charging electric vehicles
The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Corporation Limited will approach the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission for separate tariff rates for charging electric vehicles.
According to the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Corporation Limited (MSEDCL) officials, the stations at present will charge customers commercial electricity tariff according to the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) guidelines. The tariff fixed by MERC on November 1, 2016, states, “The commission has categorized the electrical charging centres of hybrid vehicles under the commercial category. The following qualification may be added — electricity charging centres of hybrid vehicles and allied activities. However, in case the consumer uses the electricity for charging his own vehicle on his premises, the tariff shall be as per the parent category of supply.”
With the growing need for alternative energy options and use of electric vehicles to control pollution, the state government’s initiative to launch charging stations for electric vehicles across Maharashtra has picked up pace. With plans to develop 500 such stations across the state and the tender process being completed for 50 stations, the officials stressed there was a need for separate prices for charging electric vehicles.
“A petition will be filed to the MERC, which will decide the separate tariff rates for electric vehicles. This will motivate more people to use these vehicles,” an MSEDCL official said.
The MSEDCL is set to commission the city’s first electric vehicle charging station ‘PowerUP’ in Balewadi this week as it starts work on the development of the second station in Shivajinagar. It will be commissioned by mid-June.