By Manish Agrawal, Founder OnePlug
Some of the big names in the move include Mahindra’s, TVS, Okinawa, Ashok Leyland, and Exide. The agreed upon contract of standardization would follow Lock-Smart Vehicle Battery Charger Cloud Protocol or LS-VBCC as its popularly called which would enable multiple beneficiaries and their subsystems to interact with each other making data transfer possible between battery and vehicle, battery and smartphone or between the batter and the charger unit. The benefit of such a system would not only limit to the manufacturers, but the customer would also feel the flexibility in usage of batteries as companies would be able to reach more locations with low capital expenditure.
With similar steps towards creating a cheaper and standardized EV ecosystem in India, it would be much easier for a user to swap their used batteries with new ones, owning up to the charge of the vehicle rather than the whole battery itself. Indian markets have the potential and supporting resources to emerge as a global EV manufacturing hub. It is just a series of wrongly aligned policies and investments that are proving to be a hurdle; it would be just a matter of few years that India would see its streets filled with EV’s that are home-cooked.