Soon, electric vehicle owners will have to start paying Rs 15 per unit for charging their vehicles at the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) charging stations. Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission has given directions to KSEB in this regard, various media reports said.
The charging stations were inaugurated last year and the payment mode was initially planned to start within three months. Officials had then said the customers could charge EVs free of cost on a pilot basis for three months and it was planned to collect payments after that.
However, the payment got delayed due to glitches in the ‘Electrify’ app, which allows the customer to identify the place of charging station, book slot and charge the vehicle and pay the amount digitally.
Charging stations in Thrissur and Kozhikode reported more energy consumption and the one in Thiruvananthapuram reported less consumption. The regulatory commission has created LT10, a tariff category applicable only for energy consumption at EV stations.
As per the current rate fixed by the commission, energy charge per unit is Rs 5, besides fixed charge, service charge and GST adding up to around Rs 15 per unit. Kerala has witnessed a jump in registration of EVs following the pandemic. As many as 3,313 EVs were registered in the state till August 16 this year as against 1,324 registrations last year.
Courtesy – www.theweek.in