EV Charging (Electric Vehicle) infrastructure plays a pivotal role in mass adoption of EVs and in the absence of a proactive plan and schedule it’s a major impediment to wide scale and faster adoption.
EV Charging Infrastructure can be planned by categorizing the location, power level and charging time strategy. Charging locations combined with an acceptable charging time strategy increases EV functionality and decreases public charging requirements.
India is one of the most diverse EV markets where the range of EVs start from e-bicycle, 2W, 3W, Cars to Buses of varying capacities.
Each type of vehicle has its own distinct battery chemistry, capacity and requires compatible infrastructure example E-bicycle, 2W & 3W can easily be charged by a single phase domestic power supply with a minimal setup cost and cater to the everyday charging needs of the user.
Battery swapping can also be facilitated among smaller batteries with ease and has huge scalability potential. whereas cars and buses need to have specialized charging points or stations.
I believe, considering the demographic of our country, electric 2W & 3W will have a rapid growth and battery swapping will be a convenient option to boost the ecosystem.
From the Government’s standpoint, Easing out norms for selling of surplus power by individual home owners or any metered connection will enable supply of micro sized charging stations for 2w & 3W densely in a balanced way.
From the market’s standpoint, opportunity lies in building EV charging infra. focused around 2W & 3W along with some alternate source of power generation (like solar etc). It can give handsome returns on EV charging stations at a minimum cost.
Energy Storage is also an important factor to be considered when we plan charging infra.
Lot of researches are underway on optimizing the use of power storage (E-CAR’s BATTERY) and its utilization, like Vehicle to Grid charging wherein surplus/unused power stored in an Electric car battery and be utilized in household consumption or sold back to grid at a flexible pricing and can provide better and faster ROI on the battery pack.
A ‘Clean-Future Exclusive’ contributed by Chandan Mundhra, Founder & C.E.O –Savë Electric Vehicles