PowerBank, which is the flagship brand of Shuchi Anant Virya recently announced that it has installed EV charging points along the Manali-Leh route in the Ladakh region. This region includes five of the highest motorable passes in the world. Shuchi Anant Virya is a joint venture company between mobility solutions provider Lithium Urban Technologies and Fourth Partner Energy, a solar energy company for commercial and industrial businesses.
The company has set up 18 EV charging stations along 1800 km in 10 days. Out of these 15 were set up at locations with a height of 10,000 feet – 14, 000 feet above mean sea level. The chargers installed were a mix of Type-I and Type- II AC chargers catering to electric two, three and four-wheelers.
Lithium Urban Technologies founder Sanjay Krishnan said,- “We set out on this journey with the aim of protecting the most fragile ecosystems in India, starting with Himachal and Lakdak. As part of the endeavour, we installed 18 AC electric vehicle chargers along the route of Manali – Leh – Kargil – Nubra – Turtuk – Pangong – Siachen Base Camp which is home to not just India’s but some of the world’s highest motorable roads including the Khardung La, Chang La and Taglang La passes. This would not have been possible without the support of the Indian Army and the people of Ladakh, and we would like to express our deepest gratitude to them. Through this initiative, PowerBank’s primary goal is to ensure that we convert at least 50% of the vehicular traffic to EVs and significantly reduce tailpipe emissions in the Ladakh regions in the next 36-48 months. We also seek to bring about a paradigm shift in how people perceive EVs – by addressing apprehensions around the availability of energy for long hauls and overnight road trips.”
Fourth Partner Energy co-founder and executive director, Vivek Subramanian said – “Through PowerBank, we are looking to cover the length and breadth of the country with accessible, affordable EV charging points that are easy to use. Our chargers are integrated with an app that enhances the customer’s EV experience. Eventually, the goal is to power these chargers using renewable energy from the grid.”