Following the successful tendering of Electric Vehicles(EVs) recently, now first Charging station has come up in Delhi in line with government’s plan to switch over to electric mobility in India. As part of an MoU between National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) under Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India and Fortum Oyj, a Finnish company in clean energy.
The 22 KW AC charging station has cloud-based computing system enabling remote operations using RFID tags or a smartphone app equipped with GPRS and OCPP 1.5 communication system. Open Charge Point Protocol ( OCPP) is an open standard which describes a method enabling electrical vehicles to communicate with a central system. The charging station, essentially a pilot, can charge two cars at at a time. The charging station can be operated using a smartphone app or RFID tags through the Fortum cloud system. It also can be operated remotely.
Finland’s Minister for Housing, Energy and the Environment, Kimmo Tiilikainen inaugurated the station. Durga Shankar Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Government of India and Anoop Kumar Mittal, Chairman & Managing Director, NBCC were present on the ocassion. Incidently Government of Finland owns majority shares in Fortum Oyj.
While there may be a discussion on the time frame when India will be able to make a 100 percent shift to electric mobility not withstanding its time line of 2030, it is evident that switch over of public transport to electric vehicles has begun. For some time hybrid vehicles may provide answer to lack of charging stations in rural and areas where upfront investment in charging infrastructure is economically unviable but have to be served by the public transport.
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