In a significant development aimed at promoting sustainable transportation, Kerala government has unveiled its first solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging station at Kunnamkulam in Thrissur. The new facility located at Kanipayyoor Old Market Road has been set up by Anert in association with Kunnamkulam Municipal Corporation.
Kerala government has decided to give an impetus to solar powered EV charging stations in the state considering ever-increasing demand for electric vehicles.
The EV charging station with a capacity of 160 KW features a sleek and modern design. It can accommodate simultaneous charging of five cars, four two-wheelers and three-wheelers. The facility implemented by Anert is equipped with advanced solar panels capable of harnessing sunlight and converting it into clean, renewable energy to charge electric vehicles. “The government has installed the solar powered EV charging station with a goal of achieving carbon neutral Kerala,” said the government officials.
As per an official statement, the charge per unit at the station is Rs 13 plus GST. “As part of the scheme, Kunnamkulam Municipality will receive Rs one per unit as rent for charging EVs,” it added.
The government’s commitment to sustainable transportation extends beyond this initial project as plans are already underway to install more solar powered EV charging stations at various places in the state. “The plan is to establish a network of EV charging stations enabling electric vehicle owners to confidently travel long distances without worrying about range anxiety,” said the officer.