Kathmandu: Nepal Police is going to establish electric charging stations at 25 locations so that each unit can be charged at five rupees.
Recently, an agreement has been signed between Nepal Police and Nepal Electricity Authority.
Inspector General of Police Dhiraj Pratap Singh on behalf of Nepal Police and Executive Director Kulman Ghising on behalf of the authority signed the agreement in a program held on Monday.
According to the agreement, charging stations will be established at 25 places including 5 petrol pumps currently operated by Police Welfare Fund, 4 proposed petrol pumps and other suitable locations of remaining police offices.
According to the agreement with the police, the authority will purchase all the equipment of the charging station and build infrastructure at its own expense.
The authority will also do the maintenance and regular servicing of the equipment.
The police will provide a suitable place for the construction of the infrastructure and after the construction, they will do the operation and security of the charging station.
It is said that while operating the charging station, it should be arranged that even the general public can use it easily at the rate fixed by the authority.
The authority will collect the fee paid by the consumer while charging the vehicle.
According to the provisions of the Electricity Distribution Regulations, 50 percent of the total profit from the electricity tariff rate will be received by the Police Welfare Division as operating and management expenses of the charging station.
In the program, Inspector General of Police Singh said that this agreement for the establishment of a charging station for the consumption of electricity produced in the country using electric vehicles is historic.
Similarly, Ghisingh, the executive director of the authority, has said that the MoU is an important milestone to establish modern smart charging stations at 25 additional locations to encourage the use of electric vehicles and reduce the consumption of petroleum products.
“It takes about one crore rupees to build the equipment and infrastructure of the charging station. In order to encourage the use of electric vehicles, a special subsidized rate has been set at around 5 rupees per unit on average”, Ghising said, “The cost per kilometer of a vehicle running on petroleum is 15-20 If it costs rupees, the very cheap electric vehicle costs about 60 paise to 1 rupee per kilometer.
To encourage the use of electric vehicles, the authority is constructing state-of-the-art charging stations that can charge quickly at 51 locations across the country. Every charging station being constructed by the authority will be equipped with a 142 KW charger, a 50 kVA transformer for power supply, and an online charging system.
Fast charging 60/60 kilowatt DC and 22 kilowatt AC chargers will be placed at the charging station. It is said that three vehicles including big buses can be charged at the same time.
It is said that the software of the charging station will be kept in the data center of the authority so that more than 300 chargers can be served. All 50 stations will be controlled from Kathmandu.
After charging the vehicle, the customer can pay the bill through the QR code and mobile app.