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Bharat heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) announced that they will set-up electric charging stations across the 250km highway stretch between Delhi and Chandigarh. They said that a network of SEVC (Solar-based Electric Vehicle Chargers) will be set-up on the highway.
The company in a statement, said, "The establishment of EV chargers at regular intervals over the entire 250 km stretch between Delhi and Chandigarh would allay range-anxiety among the electric vehicle users and bolster their confidence for inter-city travel,"
Apart from this, BHEL also mentioned that they would also design, engineer, manufacture, supply and instal the charging stations themselves. All the EV charging stations along the highway would further be connected to a central monitoring system.
Each EV station would be equipped with a rooftop solar power plant to generate electricity for consumption from customers. The green energy produced would supply electricity to both fast and standard chargers, which will be installed at the charging station.
However, BHEL is yet to announce how the operations at the charging stations will be conducted. The company is yet to announce who will be running the charging stations and if, customers would have to pay for the facility to charge their electric vehicles.
The entire project of setting up electric charging stations on the Delhi-Chandigarh highway will be covered under the FAME scheme of the Department of heavy Industries.
Apart from the electric charging stations, BHEL is expanding its footprint in the e-mobility division. The company has already installed DC charger at Udyog Bhavan in New Delhi. Currently, they are executing another commercial order for DC charger installations in various parts of the country.
The move from BHEL to enter the e-mobility unit is part of the 'Make-In-India' initiative of the Government of India. The company is developing in-house EV motors, propulsion systems and fast chargers as well. BHEL will continue its efforts to enter the e-mobility space with the production of EV chargers, electric buses and other EV related components as well.
Thoughts On The Electric Charging Stations On The Delhi-Chandigarh Highway
The Indian government is working hard to shift to greener mobility solutions in the country. They are pushing hard towards the greater use of electric vehicles in India, offering incentives, schemes and benefits for EV customers. The move from BHEL to set-up electric charging stations at regular intervals on the highways, is a great step forward in the direction.