Electric vehicle charging stations will be set up every 50 kilometres along national roads and the MC Road, thanks to a collaboration between the Departments of Power and Transportation.
During the 65th foundation day celebrations of the Kerala State Electricity Board, Transport Minister Antony Raju and Electricity Minister K. Krishnankutty announced that the Transport Department had given 9 crore to the Power Department for the first phase of the project (KSEB). Mr. Krishnankutty, who opened the ceremony, flagged off 65 electric cars that the KSEB had admitted into its fleet to commemorate Earth Day, the KSEB’s foundation day celebrations.
Mr. Raju said that the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will begin inducting the electric buses for the city service in Thiruvananthapuram by April. Fifty buses will be on the roads by May. ”In due course, the entire city service fleet in the state capital will have electric buses,” he said.
Mr. Raju also emphasised the importance of installing electric vehicle charging stations in all government buildings. According to Mr. Krishnankutty, switching to sustainable energy solutions can help households save money. The KSEB has set a precedent in this area, he claims, by including e-vehicles. He claims that replacing the State power utility’s fossil fuel vehicle fleet with electric vehicles will save the company $15 lakh in fuel costs.
On March 7, 1957, the KSEB was established. The State utility has succeeded in transforming energy from a luxury item enjoyed by the wealthy into a household solution, according to the Minister.