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Making India Ready for Electric Vehicles: Top Companies Offering EV Charging Infrastructure

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In addition to Ola Electric, there are many companies that aim to change the landscape of EV charging infrastructure in India. We list a few of them here.

Ola Electric recently announced a massive charging network exclusively for electric two-wheelers called the Ola Hypercharger Network. The charging network is for its upcoming electric two-wheelers; the first of which will be a scooter to be launched in a few months. Claimed to be the world’s largest electric two-wheeler charging network, the Hypercharger will be spread over 400 cities with more than 1 lakh charging points.

The Hypercharger will also be the fastest two-wheeler charging network. The Ola Scooter, for instance, can be charged 50% in 18 minutes for a 75-km range. These chargers will be installed in city centres and dense business districts, as well as in malls, IT parks, office complexes, cafes, and so on. But Ola is not the sole EV maker investing in Electric Chargers.

According to a June 2020 report by the Central Electricity Authority, there were 933 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations—for both two-wheelers and four-wheelers—across the country. However, if talked about global charging infra, a lot of companies have made a strongfold for themselves. We list a few companies that aim to change the landscape of EV charging infrastructure in India as well as globally-

SemaConnect

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SemaConnect is one of the leading providers of electric vehicle charging stations in North America with over 12000 active charging stations deployed and running in the North American market. Over the last 10+ years SemaConnect has designed, developed and manufactured EV charging stations in India for the export market. These products with extensive market acceptance and deployment experience are now available for the burgeoning Indian market.

SemaConnect’s broad range of AC charging solutions offer the best smart & networked Charging Solution for commercial applications such as Commercial & Residential Real Estate, Offices, Retail & Fleet Applications. SemaConnect charging stations are elegant in design and intuitive in user experience. “The Series 4 EV Charging Station" is specifically designed for the Indian Market and is an elegant, smart and completely network managed EV charging solution for multiple user scenarios.

This charging station has excellent features such as wireless technology, a completely configurable admin module for charger management, a handy App for drivers, an OLED screen, Interactive LED Lights and the IEC 62196-2 Plug suitable for modern Indian EVs.

ABB

ABB is a major player in electric mobility, with over 14,000 DC fast chargers installed across more than 80 countries. ABB India positioned its initial shared DC fast charger partnering with EV Motors India in New Delhi in 2019. The charging station (Terra54 CJG) caters to numerous charging protocols of CCS2, CHadeMO, and AC Type 2.

The EV charging station will allow the passengers to charge their cars from 0 to 80 percent in 40-50 minutes.

Additionally, it allows customers to comfortably connect their chargers to different software systems like back-offices, payment platforms, Energy Management Online Solutions, and smart remote diagnostics, therefore, leading to remarkable system reliability.

Tata Power

TATA is a renowned name in India’s automotive Industry. Due to its prestigious ranking, it also happens to be one of the most eminent manufacturers of EV charging stations across the country. TATA’s EV charging network encompasses nine states, including Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi, with around three hundred charging points over forty cities, including Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Delhi, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Ahmadabad, Kolkata, Chandigarh, and Lucknow.

TATA power’s charging solutions meet varied charging specifications and standards and may be utilized for different EV makes, models and categories also offering Smart Charging option with its Mobile App Tata Power. The company is anticipating generating infrastructure for home charging and charging in public spaces like at metro stations, theatres, highways, and shopping malls.

CHARZER

Charzer is a start-up founded in Bengaluru that provides portable Kirana chargers of 3.3 kV for malls, societies, small shop owners, restaurants, etc., at a reasonable price of Rs. 15,000/- only. The Founders put forward their plan and prototype at an event – MOVE (Mobility Re-imagined). The start-up not only generated a stupendous response but also procured more than 200 pre-orders for Kirana Charzer.

Charzer is a portable charging station, and the owner can generate revenue through numerous methods when people come to charge their vehicles. Firstly, you can earn an additional income hourly, on a day to day & monthly — at whatever time a customer plugs in a charger. Secondly, you get to lure more customers.

Ather Grid

Apart from the electric two-wheeler Ather Energy has been building, they also have Ather Grid – a fast public charging network, designed and built in India. With more than 130 charging stations across India, Ather Grid is one of the largest fast-charging networks for electric vehicles in the country. The Ather Grid is supported by the Ather Grid app which allows all EV owners to directly ascertain available and unavailable locations on the home screen.

The application also has filters and information related to 4+wheeler friendly locations, availability of free and paid parking, location timings and more. Ather’s charging systems have been designed as an integrated ecosystem - which includes power authentication, real time monitoring via the vehicle and the Ather mobile app. Charging is free across Ather Grid till September 2021.

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first published:May 08, 2021, 19:36 IST