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Indian Government planning a ‘super app’ for electric vehicles

Highlights

  • CESL will take the lead on this new EV super app
  • The government also wants to establish 10,000 charging stations across India over three years
  • Officials say this could reduce EV range anxiety among motorists

While India provides some incentives to buyers of electric vehicles, there’s still a fair bit of concern among citizens owing to the lack of EV charging infrastructure. The government is clearly aware of this and is reportedly in the process of building a “master app” which will include extensive information on charging stations, including their precise locations and charging costs. This initiative is being led by Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), which is a state-owned operation.

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Managing Director of CESL, Mahua Acharya, told The Economic Times that the agency wants this app to benefit all sectors. “Apart from information on the network of public charging stations, the app will reflect information shared by OEMs, enhancing visibility and traffic at private charging points. Consumers will get peace of mind knowing that they can readily access information and make reservations at nearby stations if they need to charge their vehicles on the go,” Acharya told the publication.

“We need an extensive network of charging stations at strategic locations, which are safe, well-lit, well-covered and where users can top-up their electric vehicles within an hour. This will help cut down battery size, make electric vehicles more affordable, ease range anxiety and speed up adoption of e-vehicles, even for long-haul travel,” she added.

The agency is also planning a private-public partnership model to establish and run charging stations across national highways and expressways. Furthermore, the government is aiming to set up at least 10,000 charging locations over a three-year period under phase 2 of the Department of Heavy Industry’s FAME scheme.

Managing Director of Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles and Tata Passenger Electric Mobility, Shailesh Chandra told ET that the company would support the government’s efforts to bolster EV charging infrastructure across the country.

Via: The Economic Times

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