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India buckles up and charges for electric vehicle future

India’s union cabinet minister for heavy industries and public sector enterprises Shri Anant Geete, along with Maharatna PSU Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL), has inaugurated Electric Vehicle Chargers at Udyog Bhavan.

AC chargers (06 Nos.) have been installed by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL).

EESL, a JV under the Ministry of Power, is facilitating the installation of 2,125 chargers in the country to cater to the 10,000 EVs being procured for the Government.

EESL has so far installed 500 electric vehicle charging points across the country, comprising of 152 chargers with 3.3 kW capacity and 44 fast chargers with 15kW capacity. Chargers have been installed in states of Delhi- NCR, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, and Maharashtra.

EESL has adopted Bharat Charging Standards prescribed by the Department of Heavy
Industries, Government of India. There are separate chargers for fast (DC) charging and
normal (AC) charging. A normal charger can charge three EVs simultaneously whereas a fast charger can charge one EV at a time. The fast charger can charge EVs in 90 minutes whereas a normal charger takes 6-7 hours to charge the same cars.

Currently, the Department of Heavy Industries, Bureau of Indian Standards, and the
Automotive Research Association of India is working towards establishing various
technical standards for design and manufacturing of EVs and Electric Vehicle charging
infrastructure. Read more: India | Scaling up local EV battery production

Charging of EV batteries through charging stations do not require a license under the
provision of the Electricity Act, 2003, according to EESL.

They can be installed by anyone complying with the Indian charging standards. This should further provide an impetus to the entire e-mobility ecosystem including vehicle manufacturers and charging infrastructure companies.

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.