Bangalore Electricity Supply Company on 19 February this year started the charging station at their corporate head office at KR Circle, Bengaluru. The step is taken to encourage the people to switch to Electric Vehicles. The usage of the station has still remained cold as only 15 vehicles used the facility.
BESCOM owns a fleet of five Electric Vehicles that have been the frequent users of the service. The vehicles belong to the senior officials and each of them cover about 100 Km each day. Besides that not many people opt to use the service and the main reason for that is because the EV owners prefer to charge their vehicles at home or at office. The poor response can also be attributed to the lack of number of vehicles in the area surrounding the station. The location of the station is also not very outstanding. Being situated inside the office premises the station may go unnoticed. If you want to use the facility at night you have to submit an application before-hand.
The number of users is expected to go up to 50 in the coming months. The city has 6,275 e-Vehicles in the city according to the transport department. Out of them 3,696 are light motor vehicles, 2,160 are two wheelers, 351 are light passenger vehicles and 68 light goods vehicles. Overall the city has 73 Lakh vehicles.
This is the first government utility in India to set-up a station like this keeping in mind the demand for the electric vehicles. Although BESCOM also lacks any expertise in this matter but they are trying to give their best to create awareness among the people.
Source: The Times of India