India accelerates infrastructure rollout to support 10,000 government EVs

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In India, Energy Efficiency Services Limited has announced the operation of electric vehicle (EV) chargers at Udyog Bhavan.

The EV chargers have been inaugurated by Shri Anant Geete the Union Cabinet Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Sector Enterprises.

The EV chargers have been installed under a partnership between EESL, BHEL and Maharatna PSU Bharat Heavy Electricals.

The aim is to install 2,125 EV chargers to support some 10,000 EVs being procured for the government.

To date, EESL has installed 500 units comprising 152 chargers with 3.3KW capacity and 44 fast chargers with 15KW capacity.

The chargers have been deployed in Delhi- NCR, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana and Maharashtra.

The fast chargers charge EVs in 90 minutes, one at a time, whilst the normal chargers charge three cars at a time to reach full charge within 6 to 7 hours.

The EV chargers meet adopted Bharat Charging Standards prescribed to by the Department of Heavy Industries.

Efforts to expand EV adoption in India include increasing investments towards research and development of technologies and standards.

The Department of Heavy Industries partnered with the Bureau of Indian Standards and the Automotive Research Association of India to develop technical standards for EVs and charging infrastructure.

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