European, Chinese and Japanese companies are battling to establish the standards for EV charging in India.European, Chinese and Japanese companies are battling to establish the standards for EV charging in India.
The Indian government released a draft report in March singling out Combo, the EV fast charging method favored by European manufacturers, as a proposed national standard for direct-current chargers with a voltage of 100 or more.
As India plans to make 30% of the cars on its roads EVs by 2030, The development is a setback for Japanese and Chinese makers, which use CHAdeMO and GB/T systems, respectively.
The report does not entail a formal adoption of the Combo standard. It will be possible, for example, for private sector operators to install CHAdeMO fast chargers of their own accord. But it has put companies that use the system at a disadvantage.
Japanese automaker Suzuki Motor's Indian subsidiary Maruti Suzuki India holds a roughly 50% share of the passenger car market in the world's second-most populous country.
The company is set to launch an EV in the Indian market in partnership with Toyota Motor around 2020 and the two also plan to cooperate on the development of charging stations.
Charging points equipped with both CHAdeMO and Combo sockets are already widespread in the European market. However, installing multiple systems at every point comes at a considerable cost.