Mr Rajat Sud, EESL Managing Director said that around 207 EESL charging stations have been installed around the country.
He also said "The beginning of the financial year was difficult as the country was dealing with the Coronavirus and its related lockdowns. EESL’s suppliers have also been facing shortages of components and labor during the lockdown that extended up till May-end. With the supply resumed from the manufacturers and opening up of transport, EESL is striding towards installing at least 500 chargers by the end of the financial year. During the year, EESL has also completed an additional procurement of 1020 chargers."
EESL aims to set up ‘Carbon Neutral Charging Stations’ by bundling solar rooftop, battery-based charging stations, and battery swapping stations.
Also plans are being made to set up 10,000 charging stations over the next two to three years across the country. All of this work being done by EESL is part of National e-Mobility Mission with the goal of having 30 percent of the EV's on roads by 2030.
EESL has partnered with municipalities in cities like Hyderabad, Noida, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Chennai, and is in discussion with other cities to create EV charging infrastructure. The land and location is provided free of cost by most municipal bodies or firms for public chargers to EESL.
Okay we are very impressed with EESL's execution here. EESL has already installed more than 100 Charging stations in Delhi/NCR and now we are seeing installations in Chennai, Hyderabad and other cities. These charging stations will use a combination of CCS2, DC-001 connectors for DC fast charging and AC type 2 connector for AC charging. We love the EESL plaza in Delhi which opened a few months ago. It has 4 charging stations with 3 connectors each. 12 electric cars can charge at a time.
We get questions from people who have never owned an EV before and they equate charging stations with petrol pumps. But that is not the case.
People who own internal combustion engine vehicles, are dependent on petrol pumps to fuel their vehicles. EV owners are NOT dependent on charging stations. Remember every home and business has an electrical connection. 90% of charging will happen at homes and businesses. Even large EV fleet companies install their own charging setup as we saw during our visit to Blu Smart facility in Delhi-NCR. These public charging stations will be used during emergencies or when in need for a quick top up.
EESL has also deployed more than 1000 electric cars and setup charging stations in government offices encouraging the use of electric cars by government officials.
EESL has also done some pioneering work in distributed 36.69 crore LED bulbs. They have installed 1.14 crore LED streetlights, resulting in cumulative energy savings of 55.32 billion kWh per year.
So the government is doing its job to enable electric mobility and move away from this oil addiction. It's time for 2 wheeler, car and vehicle manufacturers to get serious.