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EV charging station networks in India seem to be more important than introducing more electric vehicles in the country. India's push towards electric mobility has grown at a rapid pace, with both the government and major automotive brands joining hands to ensure a cleaner solution for transportation in the future.
ET Auto shares that the country needs to establish a strong supporting infrastructure for electric vehicles (EV) to ensure the integration and development of an efficient electric mobility ecosystem. There is also a popular prediction that one-third of the entire Indian automotive industry will comprise of electric vehicles by the end of 2030.
Two-wheelers and three-wheelers will be the first segments to contribute the most in this regard. These vehicle segments require a lower upfront cost and R&D to create all-electric counterparts. In fact, the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) suggests that the conversion of existing three-wheelers into electric is an ideal way to promote EVs in India — here's what you should know.
However, another matter of concern is the power source for these charging facilities. If the proposed EV charging stations are powered using electricity generated by a coal-based plant or any other forms of indirectly-polluting facilities, their promotion will prove contradictory to the basic aim (to ensure cleaner mobility). In a recent proposal, it was mentioned that EV charging stations would be set up every 25km on Indian highways and main roads.
Frank Muehlon, Head of ABB's Global Business for Electric Charging Infrastructure, stated that the country's upcoming EV charging network should run purely on renewable energy sources. He appreciated India's effort to not only promote electric mobility, but also meet the global standards set in the field.
"OEMs in India are converging to global standards like CCS and ChaDemo. Country's organisations like NITI, BIS and ARAI Ministries took right steps to embrace international regulations instead of generating again another one which would lack sale," shared Frank Meuhlon.
"Only 15 to 16 per cent of energy used for charging in India is in the form of renewable. At ABB we are targeting to take this upto 40 per cent in the next couple of years," he further added.
Thoughts On India's Push Towards Electric Mobility
Compared to various foreign countries, India's present all-electric vehicle portfolio might not be that impressive. However, the country is putting a lot of effort to ensure that cleaner and efficient mobility solutions will be part of the national automotive sector, within a decade's time. What do you think of the current electric vehicles in India? Let us know in the comment section below.