The government, along with private players, is working on both fronts to speed up the transition of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs). Various subsidies like FAME II and other policies are contributing towards making EVs cheaper in India and automakers are investing in the localisation of electric cars.
For the charging infrastructure, the government is partnering with several players to expand the public charging network in India. Under such a step, Alektrify Private Limited, a tech-piloting company, has developed India’s largest electric vehicle charging station in Gurugram, Haryana.
“This station is now open with 96 chargers for technical inspection for various ‘Certification Compliance’ and ‘Safety Standards’ laid two weeks ago by Power Ministry, Government of India and which also opened the doors for offering government land to the government or public agencies and private entities for setting up charging stations on a revenue-sharing basis,” the company said in a statement.
Located in sector 52 of Gurugram, the station has been installed and operated by Alektrify. “This EV charging station will not only boost electric vehicles industry in the region but will also act as a benchmark for large EV charging stations across the nation in future,” it added.
NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant has confirmed this by tweeting. He said, “India’s largest electric vehicle charging station set up in Gurugram. Will charge 100 EVs round the clock and have 72 AC slow chargers and 24 DC fast chargers. The pilot will demonstrate the competitive advantage of owning an EV charging station business over petrol pumps. Way to go!”
Previously, India’s largest EV charging station was situated in Navi Mumbai with 16 AC and four DC charging ports for EVs.
India’s largest electric vehicle charging station set up in Gurugram. Will charge 100 EVs round the clock & have 72 AC slow chargers & 24 DC fast chargers.The pilot will demonstrate the competitive advantage of a owning a EV charging station business over petrol pumps. Way to go!
— Amitabh Kant (@amitabhk87) January 29, 2022
The global electric vehicle market size is projected to grow from 4,093 thousand units in 2021 to 34,756 thousand units by 2030, at a CAGR of 26.8%. India has already shown its keen interest to be a major part of this automotive paradigm shift. Adding to that, India has already put forward the desire to become the biggest hub for electric vehicles in the future. Industry leaders consider electric cars to be a promising option.