E-way to get e-vehicle charging stations

ST CORRESPONDENT
Thursday, 17 January 2019

The mission envisages taking the Indian automotive industry in the world’s top 3, increasing the contribution of the industry to the country’s GDP to 12 per cent and reach a landmark of employing 65 million in the industry.
— AR Sihag, (Secretary, Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises)

Pune: To promote the use of electric vehicles, the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises will set up a series of charging stations alongside the Mumbai-Pune expressway, informed AR Sihag, Secretary, Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, on Wednesday.

Sihag was speaking at the inaugural session of the 16th Symposium on International Automotive Technology (SIAT 2019), organised by Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI).
 
“The ministry has envisaged setting up of 300 electric charging stations in the country with special focus on highways which includes the Delhi-Jaipur-Agra triangle and the Mumbai-Pune expressway, with an investment of Rs 35 crore,” Sihag said. The initiative, a part of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME) - Phase 1,  will be completed by the end of 2019.

Rashmi Urdhwareshe, Director of ARAI, Vikram Kirloskar, President, ARAI, CV Raman, Vice-President ARAI, Bala Bharadwaj, President, Society of Indian Automotive Engineers (SAE) India, David Schutt, Chief Executive Officer of SAE International, Neeti Sarkar, CEO NATRiP and AA Badusha, convener of the symposium were present on the occasion.

“The government is working as a facilitator to help accomplish India’s ‘3/12/65 vision’ as stated in the Automotive Mission Plan 2016-26 by creating a supportive infrastructure for testing, homologation and research and development for the industry,” Sihag said. 

“Institutions such as ARAI should engage with the private sector for R&D projects in new areas and the government is willing to fund these projects,” he added.

Kirloskar, said, “The government can help the industry to bridge the gap between technology development and regulatory framework and create an enabling eco-system. The forthcoming changes such as the move to BS VI emission norms or crash sustaining standards have created many opportunities for new product development for the industry.”

Bharadwaj said there should be an effort to expand the outlook towards the automotive industry because future vehicles will combine features of many equipment of mobility.

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