In order to encourage increased use of electric vehicles, BESCOM will soon start an awareness campaign advertising the new rates for electric vehicle charging stations fixed by Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC).
Recently several privately-owned EV charging points have come-up in and around the city. This has been made possible by the special tariff announced by the KERC. However, users still say that the penetration of these charging points, in the outskirts of the city as well as on the highways, needs to be far higher to instill confidence to opt for electric vehicles.
BESCOM is also planning a network of 11 charging points for Bengaluru in addition to around 129 more being planned by other agencies like the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation and Namma Metro. Ather Energy, a startup, announced the creation of AtherGrid, a network of 60 charging points in the city, making it possible to find a charging point every 4 km. This network will be in place by the end of the year according to the company making it more feasible to invest in an electric vehicle.
Charging station locations at Namma Bengaluru :
4 sub-division office, Peenya
C6 sub-division office, Mathikere
C7 sub0division office, Yelahanka
E8 sub-division office, Banaswadi
Kathriguppe O&M office
Indiranagar division, office, HAL 2nd Stage
Mahadevapura O&M Office
S7 sub0division office, Murugeshpalya, HAL
HSR Division office, HSR 2nd Sector
BTM O&M Unit-2, BTM Layout.
In the coming days, the BESCOM will look for spaces around BBMP head office, Metrol rail parking lots, BMTC depots, bus terminals, BWSSB offices and other government offices.