Growing EV adoption in India requires a big push for charging infrastructure

New Delhi: Building a vast network of public stations and community charging stations (within society) in major metro areas to enable India to realize its electric vehicle dream is a daunting task, and India is currently eyeing a huge gap, especially as electric vehicle adoption grows. . two-wheeled vehicle sector.

According to the guidelines of the Ministry of Electricity, electric vehicle charging infrastructure is largely classified into five areas.

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE), public charging stations (for the public), battery charging stations (where discharged or partially discharged EV batteries are charged), full-speed charging stations (private charging stations owned or managed by the owner). charging stations) and battery changing stations (where all electric vehicles can replace a discharged battery or a partially charged battery with a charged battery).

In fact, by the end of 2022, there were 2,700 public charging stations and 5,500 charging connectors in India.

According to Counterpoint Research, it is expected to have 10,000 public charging stations by the end of 2025. The country may need around 20.5 lakh charging stations by 2030. That’s a massive undertaking that should be compensated by a surge in EV sales by then.

Raghav Arora, co-founder and CTO of Statiq, an EV charging solutions provider, told IANS that as demand for EVs grows exponentially, so will the need for public and community charging stations.

“It will be impossible to have private charging stations with optimal loads to charge vehicles. As the industry and services mature, the demand for accessible, affordable and reliable charging will increase,” he said.

Statiq said it has a network of more than 7,000 chargers in more than 60 cities to date and plans to install 20,000 EV chargers nationwide in FY23.

“We are working with PSUs and enterprises to meet the demand for EV charging solutions and maintenance. We are also working with EV vehicles to provide the right solutions to run smoothly in the realm of operation. We are building a community. .Gives charging stations to metropolitan communities free of charge,” said Arora.

Electric car sales in India have been hitting record highs every year since 2020, showing people’s perception of electric cars is changing. “By 2025, India’s electric passenger vehicle market share is expected to increase to more than 6%. In terms of EV adoption, the three-wheeler segment is leading the market with a 4% share, followed by 2 counterpoints of IoT, “Wheelers (3.5%) and passenger vehicles (1.3%),” said Soumen Mandal, Senior Research Analyst for Automotive and Device Ecosystems, while the government is pushing the EV industry with initiatives such as FAME1 and FAME2 focused on charging infrastructure. has been supporting

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