Welcome to brand new series - Charging Infrastructure Watch. This will be a weekly series, where we will talk about electric vehicle charging infrastructure coming up between important cities and towns. These videos and companion articles will act like a reference for electric car owners all over India. In this article, we talk about traveling between Chennai and Coimbatore.
Guest Post for the EV Community
Mr Vinod Pillai,
Owner of MG ZS EV
Photos credit Mrs Devika Pillai
We undertook a drive from Delhi to Kochi in an MG ZS EV. The confidence to do this was in part inspired by the fact that we had completed a round trip from Delhi to Pune earlier in Jan 21. So at least part of the route was well known to us. My effort in penning our experience is primarily to highlight the lessons learnt in driving an EV long distance over a period of 6 days, through 8 states through the lockdown imposed by the pandemic.
By Atul Gopal
Ather's corporate avatar is called Ather Energy. And the Ather grid plays an important part in justifying the Energy moniker. Energy has always played a significant role in civilisation.
The PluginIndia team charged the Ather 450x and other EVs via the Ather Grid charger provided by the Bengaluru based electric scooter brand.
We calculated the charging time, cost and ease of use, Here are my thoughts on it.
By Team PluginIndia
Raphae speaks to Mr Anurag Patil, who is director of Masstech Controls, a Mumbai based company, who has been deploying AC and DC charging stations for Electric Vehicles all over India. In this interview, we speak to Anurag about why AC and DC charging equipment is needed. We talk about the work Masstech has been doing with OEMs, tender processes and also answers some questions from EV community.
By Team PluginIndia
Raphae speaks to Mr Santosh Ram, who is founder of BrightBlu, a Navi Mumbai based company, who has been working on Made In India AC type 2 based charging stations.
BrightBlu and their team have also developed software in-house which works with their EV charging hardware
By Team PluginIndia
Raphae from PluginIndia recently spoke to Mr Manish Agrawal, who along with his team has created affordable, safe charging equipment for all electric vehicles.
You can read the hardware and software features of the OnePlug AC Charger here.
In this section of the interview, we talk about the two public charging stations created by OnePlug, located in Delhi. He also speaks about the legal challenges involved in getting permissions and also Mr Manish answers questions from the EV Community.
Tork Motors gears up for launch with the installation of their first EV fast-charging station. With the launch of its first charging station, in Pune, India TORK Motors supports the government's vision of promoting e-mobility in India. TORK charging stations are 100% compliant to the standardized Bharat EV Specifications and can support any electric vehicle in the city that features a GB/T plug.
Blu Smart Electric Taxi, Hyundai Kona launch, DC Fast chargers, Solar Power : PluginIndia Delhi trip
The PluginIndia team felt the full blast of the Indian EV transformation during our recent trip to Delhi/NCR, which is the region where we observe huge investment in the EV space and maximum disruption caused by electric vehicles.
We saw electric Rickshaws everywhere, including from organized players like Smart-E. We travelled across NCR in an electric taxi by a startup called Blu Smart. We then were invited by the Hyundai team for the launch of first All-Electric SUV in India - The Hyundai Kona.
We then also visited a user who has installed a 5 kW solar power system at his home and charges his electric car using Solar!
By Team PluginIndia
So an incredible EV recce drive/rally comes to an end! The Dehradun highway is now electrified and the electric car community can go upto Dehradun due to reliable points by ZeroBill
As usual we have tons of memories to share and some statistics in this photo-info blog!
ZeroBill team helps PluginIndia by creating Community Charge Points | Delhi - Dehradun EV Recce Drive
As we shared in our previous blog, Team PluginIndia and Delhi Community are organizing the Electric Car Recce Drive from Feb 15th to Feb 19th.
Five days to go and we were grossly under prepared. We basically had 2 or 3 contacts and hoped to charge our Electric Cars.
It was underwhelming. We needed to do more.
And then, out of nowhere, the nice people of ZeroBill stepped in and took the task of installing community charge points to the next level!
By Kedar Soman
It was almost end of 2017. I was sitting in a Delhi meeting that was supposed to come up with policy suggestions for NITI aayog for electric vehicles. Right across from me sat two individuals from one very established car company in India. As the discussion veered towards what the car manufacturers need to do to advance electric mobility in India, these two individuals literally went berserk. They shouted from the top of their voices how the government should not dictate the direction and the market needs figure it out by itself. Any suggestion for tightening fuel standard, suggesting change in taxation, suggestion of measures to make the car manufacturers make more electric vehicles prompted a strong, almost vicious reaction from these two guys.
What are the numbers that stand out when you DC fast charge an Indian electric car?
What is the average rate of charging?
How much time does it take to fast charge an Indian electric car?
How much electricity is consumed per session?
Watch the video and check out the numbers in this article.
By Nimesh Shah
Government of India recently released a notification titled ‘Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles – Guidelines and Standards -reg.’. Availability of adequate charging infrastructure is acknowledged as a key requirement for accelerated electric vehicle adoption in the country. In accordance, setting up of Public Charging Stations (PCS) has been de-licensed and any individual/entity is free to set up public charging stations, provided the stations meet the technical as well as performance standards laid down.
Magenta Power is a Navi Mumbai based service provider of renewable energy solutions and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Recently they have added DC Fast Charging Stations between Mumbai and Pune.
We speak to Mr Maxon Lewis on the work done so far and future plans.
Team Ather Energy
Ather Energy today announced the launch of their charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs), AtherGrid, which is open to all EVs.
The company, known for their intelligent, electric scooter S340, has begun installations of the intelligent and connected charging stations across the city of Bangalore.