EV charging infra sees steady improvement

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“One of the biggest impediments to EV adoption is gradually getting cleared with private players joining in Government’s efforts to set up charging stations across the country. There are also companies devising smart solutions to help consumers handle their EV charging issues. As the e-mobility ecosystem gets stronger, more and more people are expected to make a switch-over to an electric vehicle.”

Source link: https://www.energybite.co.in/blog-post/ev-charging-infra-sees-steady-improvement/

The tremendous potential of electric vehicles in the Indian market has been emphasized time and again from across various quarters. Apart from contributing to the reduction of carbon footprints, EVs can help reduce the fiscal deficit by slashing the country’s import bill. As almost 80 percent of India’s transport fuel requirement is met by imports, it puts a lot of pressure on the supply chain and makes a huge dent on the exchequer.

With the Government giving a big push to e-mobility by extending its support to EV players and offering various incentives, including tax exemptions, for the purchase of such vehicles, the country has seriously embarked on the road to being a fuel-free nation in the near future. But it’s a long road, full of challenges; the biggest being the lack of adequate infrastructure for charging EVs.

To overcome this challenge, the Government has fixed a target of setting up one charging station every three km in cities and every 25 km on both sides of the highways. But it’s a highly ambitious target as evident from the fact that only 150 charging stations have been set up as of December last year.

  • With the Government giving a big push to e-mobility by extending its support to EV players and offering various incentives, the country has seriously embarked on the road to being a fuel-free nation.
  • With a view to expediting the process, the Government launched the ‘National Electric Mobility Mission’ as part of which many companies are lending a supporting hand by setting up charging infrastructure.
  • The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power, established the country’s first public EV charging plaza at Chelmsford Club in New Delhi a few month back.
  • Companies like EnergyBite have come up with cutting-edge smart charging solutions to help consumers handle their EV charging issues, by using an app.

With a view to expediting the process, the Government launched the ‘National Electric Mobility Mission’ as part of which many multinational companies and organizations are lending a supporting hand by setting up charging infrastructure across the country. Tata Power was the first company to set up EV charging stations across the financial capital of India, Mumbai.

The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power, established the country’s first public EV charging plaza at Chelmsford Club in New Delhi a few months back.  Set up in collaboration with the NDMC, the plaza will host five EV charging points, each with different specifications.

Joining the efforts, companies like EnergyBitehave come up with cutting-edge smart charging solutions to help consumers handle their EV charging issues, by using an app. Consumers can book their preferred time and location for charging from all the available charging stations and even pay for it online through the use of this mobile app. They can also monitor their power consumption and view the history of their charging sessions through this app.

With climate activists sounding alarm bells about the increasing damage to the planet, it has become all the more significant now to switch to greener technologies and making one’s own contribution towards a healthy environment. Switching to an electric vehicle is one sure way of doing it and an improved charging infrastructure is bound to boost consumers’ confidence in EV adoption.

Though a complete switch-over to e-mobility for a country of the size of India will take time, building up infrastructure support at a rapid pace is vital. The need of the hour is for more initiatives from both, the private players as well as Government to create a robust e-mobility ecosystem that encourages people to buy an EV.