With petrol and diesel prices soaring, people are focusing on electric vehicles. The use of electric vehicles is increasing in the city due to the convenience of long-distance travel at a low cost. The Telangana State Renewable Energy Resources Development Corporation (TSREDCO) has decided to set up an electric vehicle charging station at every three kilometers in Greater Hyderabad and at every 25 kilometers on national highways to increase vehicle charging points.
Currently, these centers are being set up in government institutions. It plans to make more centers available in the future in public-private partnerships. Consumption of electric vehicles is also likely to increase significantly if charging points are widely established. The maintenance cost of electric vehicles is very low compared to regular petrol and diesel vehicles.It is possible to travel 80 km on an electric bike at a cost of just six rupees. With this, citizens are showing interest in buying these vehicles recently. Greater already has 2230 electric two-wheeler vehicles, 404 cars, 67 taxis, 21 autos, and 365 light goods vehicles. The number is likely to increase further in the future.
Recently efforts are on to set up another 138 charging stations. The site selection process was also undertaken. Of these, 118 stations will be set up in Greater alone. REDCO plans to set up another ten stations in Warangal and Karimnagar. In view of the traffic congestion, it has been decided to set up another 600 electric charging stations in a public-private partnership across Telangana in the future and to that end, the tenders will be called soon. The process is also expected to be completed by the end of this month. There is also a plan to replace all the rental vehicles of government offices with electric vehicles.