A low-cost charging system for two- and three-wheeler electric
vehicles, is expected to hit the Indian market in about six months and could
prove to be a game-changer for electric mobility. The new charging system,
developed as a government-industry partnership, could be priced as low as Rs
3,500, while existing charging solutions cost anywhere between Rs 15,000 to Rs
20,000. A prototype has already been developed and at least half a dozen
companies are currently working to manufacture it on scale, according to
A full charge, from 0 to 100 per cent, can be done within half an hour
to 45 minutes. With current batteries, a full charge is enough to travel 80 to
100 km in a city.
Two- and three-wheelers account for about 80 per cent of vehicle sales
in the country, and are a major source of vehicular emissions. The all-weather
charging device can be installed in any place with access to a 220-volt,
15-ampere power line.
The new system has been the result of an initiative led by the
Department of Science and Technology (DST), the office of the Principal
Scientific Advisor to the government, and industry and research groups. The government committee has also
finalised standards for this device enabling multiple companies to start
manufacturing their own products.
Sharma, Secretary, DST said
that, two- and three-wheelers comprise a large majority of vehicles in India
and contribute the majority of emissions from the passenger vehicle segment. It
is therefore important to look for innovative solutions. He added that, it has
been developed to cater to the very unique requirements of the Indian market as
charging systems available in other countries are not best suited for India.
Source: The Indian Express
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