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In order to give a boost to electric vehicles in the country, the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) has indigenously developed a charger for electric vehicles.
At the press conference organised to announce the details of the upcoming Symposium on International Automotive Technology (SIAT 2021), ARAI Director Reji Mathai informed that to promote EVs, the charging infrastructure is very important and since the mobility chargers are imported, the association’s focus is to develop these indigenously, which will be cost-effective and boost the local economy.
The chargers are expected to cost around Rs 50,000 – 60,000.
Mr. Mathai said – “Many components of EV like motors and controllers are imported and even chargers are being brought from abroad. ARAI has developed indigenous technology for EV charger AC001, which has been taken up for manufacturing and promotion by Bharat Electronics. The charging points will be set up by Bharat Electronics and parts for EV charger systems- Type 1, Type 2, CCS and CHAdeMO will be manufactured locally.”
Mr. Mathai also informed that the charger has been designed considering the safety aspects and power usage in India. Along with this, as ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistant System) vehicles and cylinder testing centres need dedicated space, ARAI is setting up a new centre in Takwe. A total investment of Rs 500 crore shall be made in a phased manner in the next 3-4 years in setting up this centre.