India’s largest EV charging station comprises 72 AC slow chargers and 24 DC fast chargers. It has been set up and will be managed by Alektrify, which is an official commissioning and installation partner company of the NHEV pilot project.
In India’s journey towards embracing electric mobility, there are two major impediments — the high cost of EV acquisition and inadequate charging infrastructure. The government, along with private players, is working on both fronts to expedite the transition of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to EVs. Various subsidies like FAME II and other policies are contributing towards making EVs cheaper in India and automakers are investing in the localization of electric cars. And as for the charging infrastructure, the government is partnering with several players to expand the public charging network in India so that EV buyers are able to overcome range anxiety issues. In the line with expanding the charging network, India’s largest electric vehicle charging station has been commissioned under the Ease of Doing Business programme of NHEV’s (National Highways for Electric Vehicles Ease) pilot project of India’s first 500 km E-Highway between Jaipur -Delhi-Agra. Set up at Alektrify hub in Sector 52, Gurugram, the EV charging station comprises 96 charging points for 4 wheelers.
The charging station at 52 Sector, Gurugram, is now open for technical inspection for various certification compliances and safety standards laid down by the Power Ministry in India a few weeks ago. Besides boosting the EV industry in India, the charging station will also act as a benchmark for large EV charging stations that will be set up in future.
India’s largest EV charging station comprises 72 AC slow chargers and 24 DC fast chargers. It has been set up and will be managed by Alektrify, which is an official commissioning and installation partner company of the NHEV pilot project. This is significantly bigger than India’s previously largest charging station in Thane which has 16 AC and 4 DC charging ports for EVs. The AC chargers, on average, take up to 6 hours to charge an electric four-wheeler while DC chargers (5 kW) can do so in under 2 hours.
Abhijeet Sinha, National Program Director, Ease of Doing Business program and Project Director of National Highway for Electric Vehicle in additional charge said, India is on the verge of making investment in E-mobility charging infra setup highly competitive compared to fuel stations in terms of ease in licensing, commissioning, electrification, certification and to draw revenue equivalence with existing petrol pumps. Electric vehicle charging station of this size and magnitude is rare and will be instrumental for the industry to experience actual Ease of Doing Business in smooth ‘Certification Compliance’ and ‘Safety Standards’. Electric vehicles are the future and this station is our prototyped preparation for that future. This ultra-modern station is now open to meets all the regulatory standards set by the government. It will also set the standard as a prototype station for all the upcoming EV charging stations of National Highways for Electric Vehicle (NHEV) pilot project making India’s first 500 km E-Highway between Jaipur -Delhi-Agra.”