Availability of EV fast chargers is expected by end of 2022: Minister



Heavy industries minister Mahendra Nath Pandey has stated that the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) has started working on the development of fast chargers for Electric Vehicles.

New Delhi: Heavy industries minister Mahendra Nath Pandey has stated that the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) has started working on the development of fast chargers for Electric Vehicles. A prototype of it has already been developed.

The Pune-based autonomous institution has created a prototype of the product already, said the ministry at the ‘Round Table To Promote Electric Mobility’ conference organised by the Ministry of Heavy Industries, PTI reported.

Pandey stated that one of the challenges of EVs is that these take longer to charge and therefore, the ARAI has been asked to work on fast chargers.

“In fact, they have developed a prototype of a fast charger and the product is expected to be ready by December 2022,” he added. He further said that the association has been directed to finish the project by October next year so that it is available to EV users soon. He also informed that these chargers will help in boosting the demand for electric vehicles and after the completion of it, one will get to know the specific charging time of a two-wheeler e-vehicle, three-wheeler and four-wheeler e-vehicle.

Pandey said that his ministry is also in contact with the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas for installing chargers at about 22,000 petrol pumps in India. However, he did not mention the timeline by which this goal will be attained. He added that there are around 70,000 petrol pumps in India. A charging station for EVs will be established at an interval of 25 km on highways and in a radius of 3 km in cities, according to the plan.

“I have asked the players to discuss and inform about their concerns. I assure them of full support in addressing the issues brought to my notice,” he the minister.

first published:Dec. 5, 2021, 11:49 a.m.



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