The growth in Electric Mobility in India is rapid and is going to increase in the coming years. The country gracefully accepted the electric revolution and is gradually switching from the combustion engine vehicles to electric vehicles. The EV charging stations and the whole ecosystem is the backbone of the electric vehicle industry. The manufacturing, production, and sale of any company’s EV are directly dependent on the infrastructure and after service available for the consumers. In the last couple of years, the Indian electric vehicle sector has seen positive growth, mostly in two and three-wheeler EVs.
The electric passenger vehicles and other larger EVs are still behind when it comes to sales. The prime reasons are the passenger EVs are not that affordable, they do not give a substantial range in one full battery recharge, and lack of EV charging stations and battery swapping stations in the country. Since the range of EVs presently on sale is very low, and the consumers need their vehicle for a long commute; therefore, the setup of EV charging stations and the battery swapping stations (for lighter electric vehicles) is a must for the EV industry. Seeing the unstable EV infrastructure in the country, the consumers are not in favor of opting for expensive electric vehicles rather than cheap combustion engine cars.
Tata Power to Invest in Expansion of Charging Infrastructure across the Country
In order to stabilize the electric vehicle ecosystem, including the EV charging stations and battery swapping stations, many Indian automobile and energy generating companies have tied up to work on improving the EV ecosystem. One of the most prominent companies, Tata Power, is continuously making efforts and leading from the front. These companies are mainly focusing on uplifting and stabilizing the EV charging stations and battery swapping stations. One of the leading companies in energy and power generation, Tata Power, agreed with Jaguar Land Rover India to provide an electric vehicle charging facility in all the 27 outlets spread across 27 cities. In this agreement, Tata Power will install both DC and AC chargers of 7KW to 50KW capacity.
In June 2020, Tata Power signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MG Motors India. Both the companies are performing exponentially well in their fields, respectively, and their tie-up can benefit in the growth of the electric vehicle industry in India. Tata Power has decided to provide EV charging facilities to all the dealerships of MG Motors in India. They will install 50KW DC fast chargers in all the EV charging facilities of MG Motors. MG Motors has already announced that the charging facility will be open for all the EVs irrespective of the manufacturing companies.
How will the Charging Infrastructure and EV Ecosystem improve Post COVID-19?
In the first quarter of 2020, MG Motors launched ZS EV in India, and they believe that a strong foundation from Tata Power can help them in expanding the EV industry in the country. Tata Power CEO, Praveer Sinha said that they are content with the partnership with MG Motors India and will support them in promoting green mobility in the nation. Rajeev Chaba, President of MG Motors India, replied that they feel privileged to contribute to the expansion of the EV sector, and the setup of EV charging stations will help in strengthening the electric vehicle infrastructure across the nation.
The unfortunate COVID-19 has hit the market hard, and all the industries, including the automotive sector in India, are suffering. But the Central Government of India is in constant touch with the concerned authorities, and even in this uncertain situation, the electric vehicle sector is continuously trying to improve. The Indian Ministry of Heavy Vehicles has issued orders for more than 2000 EV charging stations to be constructed in 2020. Delta Moto Corp is one of the upcoming companies in India, that provides complete E-Mobility solutions for EV manufacturing in the country. The company promotes local manufacturing of the EV components including powertrains, battery technology, advanced vehicle control solution, digital instrument clusters, EV safety solutions, and many more. Delta Moto Corp also gives attention to research and manufacturing of the EV charging stations and will contribute to expanding the electric vehicle ecosystem in the country.
The government-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL) and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) will also contribute to building the charging infrastructure. The BHEL will take care of the frontend engineering procurement and service extractions, whereas the EESL will lead the investment and provide the energy resources. Hence, many things are planned in virtue of expanding Electric Mobility in India. The government plans to build EV charging stations every 25kms, on both sides of highways. But we must realize that it will take time, and gradually India will adopt the complete Green Mobility in the future. A robust and structured plan, along with support from the government, will benefit the growth of the nation’s electric vehicle sector.