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India’s ambitious plans to revolutionize its electric vehicle ecosystem could see setbacks on an unexpected front: local residential companies.

On September 13, Vish Ganti, a resident of Bengaluru, took to LinkedIn to share his unusual experience of having to charge his electric scooter in his kitchen after the Residents Welfare Association (RWA) at his complex d apartments did not allow him to install a charging station for electric vehicles. at its parking lot.

“My apartment community in the so-called electric vehicle capital of India (Bengaluru) would not let me install an electric vehicle charging station, after trying to educate them and fighting a bitter battle for 4 months”, a- he declared in his message.

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A screenshot from Vish Ganti’s LinkedIn post.

This is not an isolated incident in the capital of Karnataka, where US auto major EV Tesla registered his Indian office in January. Roshan John, a computer engineer also had a similar experience this month with his housing company in the city, he told the national daily Economic Times.

RWA’s problems with EV stations have also been reported in other parts of the country.

In December last year, a resident of a housing complex in Mumbai encountered similar issues with his RWA. He told Mumbai Mirror that company officials did not allow him to install a charging station on the premises because it would look “run down”.

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RWA’s resistance comes at a time when concerns are already visible among customers that they do not have sufficient infrastructure for electric vehicles.

Experts have often expressed concerns that the insufficiency of charging stations in India would discourage potential customers from choosing electric vehicles, making it difficult to achieve the Narendra Modi government’s goal of ensuring that Electric vehicles account for 30% of all vehicles sold in India by 2030, at least a large order. And now the unexpected reaction of housing companies will only make the problem worse.

Government guidelines recommend that there be a public EV charging station in every 3 km2 area in cities, and located every 25 km on highways. “Any person / entity is free to install public charging stations, provided that these stations meet technical and performance standards and protocols, which are set by the Ministry of Energy and the Central Electricity Authority “, had declared the government in its directives (pdf).

Despite government guidelines and strong pressure to adopt electric vehicles, electric vehicle owners continue to face new challenges every day.

To deal with the struggle with the RWAs, Amitabh Kant, CEO of government think tank Niti Aayog, suggested that the government change building regulations and add a mandatory inclusion of electric vehicle charging in residential buildings.

“… State governments and local authorities are responsible for adopting and enforcing the required regulations. Several states, as part of their electric vehicle policies, have already announced that electric vehicle charging will be a mandatory requirement for new buildings, especially large-scale buildings. Now it remains for it to be included in the statutes and other relevant regulations and laws to ensure that it becomes enforceable, ”he said in an interview with The Economic Times on September 19.

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