The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) has indigenously
developed a charger for electric vehicles to
give a push to the EV ecosystem in
the country, as per a statement.
ARAI Director Reji Mathai said to promote EVs,
infrastructure for charging is important and since the mobility chargers are
imported, the association's focus is to develop these indigenously, which will
be cost-effective and boost the local economy. He was speaking at a press
conference organised to announce the details of the upcoming Symposium on
International Automotive Technology (SIAT 2021). He informed that the charger
would be designed considering the safety aspects and power usage in India.
ARAI recently signed a pact with Bharat Electronics
Limited on EV chargers.
ARAI will provide the complete know-how of the charges and Bharat Electronics
will manufacture them. The cost of the chargers is expected to be in the range
of Rs 50,000 - 60,000.
In addition, as ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistant System)
vehicles and cylinder testing centres need dedicated space, ARAI is setting up
a new centre in Takwe.
Investments to the tune of Rs 5 billion shall be made in a
phased manner in the next 3-4 years in setting up this centre. Nitin Dhande,
Senior Deputy Director ARAI, said the organisation is planning to set up
dedicated skill development centres that will impart necessary knowledge and
undertake skilling for engineering students in the electric vehicles segment.