While many countries have included Electric Vehicles (EVs) as an element of transportation policy, their responses have varied according to their stage of economic development, energy resource endowments, technological capabilities, and political prioritization of responses to climate change.
In India, a particular set of circumstances which are conducive to a sustainable mobility paradigm have created an opportunity for accelerated adoption of EVs over Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles.
The move to electric mobility has always been the priority of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, including in its first tenure, keeping in mind India’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by a third from 2005 levels. India aims to achieve this target by 2030.
The Modi government’s massive and sustained push towards a switch to electric transportation could become a game changing in near future. It could also eliminate the dependency on fossil fuel powered vehicles and the air that we breathe will much less toxic.
The government’s focus on cleaning up the toxic air can be seen through its ambitious aim to install 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022. India has a renewable energy capacity of 74.79 GW with solar and wind power making up 25.21 GW and 35.14 GW respectively.
Battery Charging / Swapping Infrastructure
EV charging and battery swapping are two means for providing energy to a vehicle. EVs will proliferate as charging/swapping infrastructure is set up. India would recognize battery swapping and battery charging as addressing different segments of vehicles and two equally valid options that industry may choose to use.
Businesses that provide charging/swapping would be referred to as Energy Operators (EO). They would deploy slow and fast chargers at suitable locations for EVs. Similarly, they would purchase batteries, setup charging and swapping service and provide the charged batteries on lease for EVs.
Both the charging as well as swapping service would require that EVs have standard charging protocols to connect to a charger of swappable batteries and have a standardized connector.
EVs Charging Station Push in India
According to the Niti Aayog, today the ratio of public slow chargers and fast chargers deployed is about 5:1. EV industry, on getting cross-subsidy through coupons/credits, could support initial roll-out of the chargers. An attempt should be made to make all these deployed chargers self-sustainable in the financial sense at the earliest possible.
As the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) grows in India, so does the need for a network of fast charging stations. For all the people who are worrying about the charging facilities for their EVs, here is good news.
According to Tata’s subsidiary Tata AutoComp Systems, it has teamed up with Australia’s Tritium to supply direct current (DC) fast chargers for electric vehicles in India. The two companies have signed a MoU under which Tata AutoComp will soon make available Tritium’s DC Fast Chargers in India.
Tata Group Company will set up 2,700 fast charging stations in India which shall make electric vehicles more practical. Their aim is offer energy freedom—empowering electric vehicle (EV) owners to drive as far as they want, whenever they want, and enjoy unprecedented freedom in how they manage their energy needs.
Tritium is a DC charging Infrastructure Company providing chargers to the global automotive industry. Its Veefil-RT 50kW DC Fast Chargers are capable of charging full range of electric vehicles from two-wheelers, passenger vehicles to commercial vehicles.
The main objective of EV is to reduce harmful air pollution from exhaust, Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. We should look for complete ecosystem for EV, including recycling of used batteries.
Veefil RT 50KW DC Fast Charger
• Slim compact and stylish
• OCPP Integration
• Less Installation cost
• Small footprint can be easily installed anywhere
• Its liquid cooled
• Suitable in all weather conditions and locations
• Power- up to 50kW
• Supply input- 380-480 V AC30
• Supply Frequency- 50-60 Hz
• Operating Temperature- -35 to 50 degree Celsius
• Network Connection-3G and Gigabit Ethernet
• Electrical protection- Short circuit; Overvoltage: RCD
• DImensions2000(H) x 750(W) x 330(D) mm
• Freight-24 units per 20’ container
• Weight-165 kg
The charger is compact and is with OCPP Integration. It has minimal installation cost. Since it has a small footprint, it can be easily installed anywhere. It is liquid cooled and is suitable in all weather conditions and locations. Chargers are capable of charging full range of electric vehicles from two-wheeler, passenger vehicles to commercial vehicles.
Tritium, an Australia based technology company with a 20-year history of award-winning innovation in e-mobility and renewable energy develops ultra-fast DC electric car chargers, and has expanded operations in both Europe and America, has recently officially opened a new facility at its global headquarters in the east Brisbane suburb of Murarrie.
The company has brought its DC fast chargers to 26 countries so far. Last year, the company achieved an important milestone in Europe with a deal to provide the IONITY network with its Veefi-PK HPC systems. IONITY is a joint charging venture between Volkswagen, BMW, Ford, and Daimler. Tritium is also the official EV Charger supplier to India’s First E-Corridor Jaipur – Delhi – Agra through TATA as India Partner.
India has a lot to gain by converting its ICE vehicles to EVs at the earliest. Its oil-import bill would considerably reduce. ICE vehicles are a major contributor to pollution in cities and their replacement with EVs will definitely improve air quality.
Installing the fast charging for EVs is the most logical area where we need the Charging Station Networks (CSN) across the India as the base infrastructure for sustainable transportation to achieve better health and in turn helps our environment.