India’s Readiness on Creating EV Charging Infrastructure
India’s Readiness on Creating EV Charging Infrastructure

Jul 17, 2020

Environmental pollution has been reduced by up to 30% in some of the global epicenters as automobiles have halted their mobility up to 90% during the pandemic lockdown. This momentum is expected to transform the industry to be greener in the years to come for a sustainable environment. India is no exception where carbon dioxide emissions have reduced to a level that hasn’t been witnessed in the last 14 years. Owing to rapidly evolving emission standards and the rise of fuel prices between 8 to 15%, the acquisition, and charging of electric vehicles (EV) is expected to produce a downtrend of up to 4% for commercial EVs. [1]

This benefit over internal combustion engines (ICEs) increases the viability of the adoption of electric vehicles. The two-wheeled electric vehicles are expected to be one of the early adopters of electrification because of their charging flexibly, be it in-home or workplace. The global electric vehicle market is projected to reach 27M units by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 21.1%. [2]

Evolving EV Charging Technologies

The major hindrances to the adoption of an electric vehicle are a lack of charging infrastructure and longer charging times. The most recent supercharger takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes to charge an electric car that runs to an average range of 100 km. High ambient temperatures reduce the change to further 85-90km. The speed of charging is dependent on the power level of the charger and the ability of the EV to use that power. Communication protocols between charger to grid and between chargers to EV determines the effective charging.

Charging of EVs has been categorized into three levels: level 1 is a standard charging that powers less than 5kW, level 2 is fast-charging that occurs between 5kW and 50 kW, and level 3 is the super-fast charging that’s greater than 50kW. In level 1 and level 2 charging they contain onboard electronic converters allowing for AC power transfer. In the case of high-power level 3 charging, it’s impractical to carry the required power electronics on board and thus it conveys the power to the vehicle as DC power transfer.

India’s EV Charging Infrastructure

The Indian electric vehicle ecosystem, including charging infrastructure, is projected to reach $216.3B by 2030. India’s government’s Energy Efficient Services Limited (EESL) has planned to install 10,000 charging stations across the country in the next 3 years and 200 for the current year. The split-up is 93% home chargers, 5% bulk swappable battery charging points, and 2% at private/public charging stations. The government of India is also incentivizing the supply of EV’s through Faster Adoption & Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME) and many other policies for EV adoption across the country. In a cost-sensitive market like India with a large population, such requirements can only be met by local manufacturing at a highly optimized cost.[2]

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