Indian Standards for Low-cost AC Charge Point (LAC) releasing within Two Months
India's cities, towns, and villages will soon have access to an innovative low-cost Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station that will help expedite the adoption of electric wheelers. A new Indian standard will allow for the quick expansion of EV charging infrastructure, which is essential for the country.
About EV Charging Station
An electric vehicle charging station is a piece of infrastructure that connects an EV to a power source to fuel electric cars, urban electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrids. Some charging stations include advanced features like spotless metering, cellular connections, and network connectivity, while others are unambiguous.
Electric utility providers or private organisations instal charging stations, also known as electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), in municipal parking lots or retail shopping centres. Special connectors are allowed by these stations, which comply with a range of electric charging connector standards. The cost of using an EVSE ranges from monthly or annual fixed prices to per-kWh to hourly fees. Charging stations are frequently free of charge and subsidised by local governments.
Government's big announcement on Wednesday
On Wednesday, the government directed Indian Standards to release a low-cost AC charging point for electric vehicles (EVs) within the next two months, with a target price of Rs 3,500 for a charging unit.
By promoting electric vehicles, India's Transformative Mobility programme intends to reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality, and reduce reliance on crude oil imports. The FAME-2 incentives and the NITI-Mission Aayog's Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage programmes aimed at increasing electric car manufacturing and demand in India. However, the consumer adoption of EVs will also depend on the easy availability of EV charging infrastructure. When potential buyers are away from home, they need to know that they will find charging stations for their cars.
According to an official statement, a committee composed of all key stakeholders, including EV manufacturers, auto and electronic component suppliers, power utilities, and communication service providers, worked on a tight timeline to develop specifications, prototype products, and test and validate the proposed standards. In close collaboration with the NITI Aayog team, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Officer of the Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA) and the Government of India has taken this challenge.
"The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) will formally issue these within the next two months, following completion of field and durability trials of the sample products," said a PSA officer to the government of India in a statement.
What will be the estimated price for an affordable EV charging infrastructure decided?
For a global breakthrough in affordable EV charging infrastructure, the Group had set a target price of less than Rs. 3500 ($50) for a single-smart AC charge point operated with a smartphone. Various Indian manufacturers have already expressed interest in producing this charging station device by Indian standards, with target pricing as low as Rs 3,500. According to industry experts, it is estimating that charging devices for electric two and three-wheelers now on the market cost upwards of Rs 10,000.
According to the government, the quickest adoption of electric vehicles is projected in two-wheelers and three-wheelers, as ICE variants of these vehicle categories account for about 84 per cent of total vehicle sales in India.
"Experts predict that up to 4 million electric vehicles (EV) will be sold annually by 2025, with that figure expected to rise to more than 10 million by 2030. Any pricing solution for this industry must be highly scalable, publically available, support interoperability, and be cost-effective", the statement added.
What does NITI Ayog say?
Rajiv Kumar, NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman, said in his statement, "The team's work to establish the LAC charging standard for the light electric vehicle category, as the next natural step, accelerated because to the emphasis on charging points rather than expensive charging stations". The statement said, "The low-cost AC ChargePoint (LAC) permits up to 3kW of electricity to drawn to charge e-scooters and e-auto rickshaws. It's designed to be very expandable and installed anywhere there's a 220V 15A single-phase line. The LAC communicates with the user's smartphone through low-power Bluetooth and connects to a backend that allows for transaction payment and statistics". According to the statement, a user can use a smartphone to access a set of accounts and payment methods.
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