Karnataka: Costly fuel pushes up demand for more EV charging stations on highways

In the wake of soaring fuel prices, the demand for more public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations along the highways in the state is growing louder.

Currently, Bescom (Bangalore Electricity Supply Company) has installed charging stations mainly on its office premises and the government-owned lands in Bengaluru. Bescom has so far installed 136 charging units at 70 locations in the city. It is planning to add them at 140 more locations by December.

Bescom’s plan is to have a charging station for every 5km in the city. EV users can download Electree Fi app to locate the nearest charging station, reserve a slot and pay for the charging session through cashless mode.

However, Bescom’s earlier plan to set up a public charging station every 25km on both sides of the highways in the state is yet to see the light of the day. Many electric car owners said Bescom should install charging stations on highways from Bengaluru to places like Hubballi, Belagavi, Shivamogga,Tumakuru, Mysuru and Mangaluru.

“For daily commutes, one can easily charge EVs at home or office but the main constraint of EV is the battery range. If there are adequate stations on highways, then people will buy EVs,” said Kabir, an EV owner.

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