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Electric vehicles in India and have been in are increasing at a rapid pace. The rise in EVs is more in the commercial vehicle segment. As a result, Hitachi ABB Power Grids has partnered with Ashok Leyland and plans to install its Grid-eMotion Fleet EV charging system in India.
Earlier in the year, Indian commercial vehicle manufacturer, Ashok Leyland, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ABB to develop a pilot electric bus. The upcoming electric bus will be based on the brand's flash-charge technology called ‘Grid-eMotion Flash solution'.
The latest announcement made by the partnership will support the upcoming commercial EV by providing a suitable charging solution for its smooth operation. This also ensures faster adoption of the commercial vehicle across the country.
Andre Burdet, Product Management and Marketing Manager, Hitachi ABB Power Grids, said, "We have already signed an MoU with Ashok Leyland in India for a pilot project where we are supplying our Grid-eMotion Flash solution for their buses, and we also plan to implement our Grid-eMotion Fleet solution as part of the agreement." He further added, "As part of this introduction, we are talking with various parties in India about the opportunity to implement the solution."
Speaking about the Grid-eMotion Fleet charging solution itself, it uses DC technology and can connect to any type of power network. It also removes complexities of integrating AC-DC chargers into a system while being a smaller unit, as compared to a conventional connection of an AC grid.
The full system offering includes charging hardware, control software and a comprehensive service agreement that supports operators with an efficient, flexible, easy-to-use and intelligent system, providing the highest lifecycle value at the lowest risk.
Also, the thermally insulated enclosures are modular and therefore available in a wide range of ratings, capacities and layouts to comply with bespoke customer requirements and industry standards. A 1-Megawatt (1000 kW) charging system has already been installed in Milan, Italy.
Mr Burdet further added, "Compared to other countries, India is a few years behind in terms of adoption, infrastructure and regulations. However, the Government (of India) has taken various measures to boost the domestic manufacturing segment. Schemes such as FAME and 100 per cent FDI to ebus manufacturers provide great incentives to lower the costs of electric buses to make it more affordable and facilitate their adoption in the country."
Thoughts About Hitachi-ABB Partnering With Ashok Leyland To Launch Fleet EV Charging Systems In India
Electric vehicle adoption in India is moving at a rapid pace, especially in commercial vehicle space. However, the charging infrastructure needed to support the adoption is still being developed.
With Hitachi ABB Power Grids and Ashok Leyland partnering to bring the state-of-the-art Grid-eMotion Fleet charging solutions, it is expected to give a substantial boost to the charging infrastructure development in India.