Electric Vehicle Charging Station Inaugurated At Chennai Airport

A file photo of EV Charging station at Chennai Airport

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In a first of its kind in the Country, the Airports Authority of India, Chennai Airport, and Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Tamil Nadu State Office have set up an Electric Vehicle Charging Station on the Air Side of Chennai Airport. The joint effort is in line with the Nation’s commitment towards Net Zero in the “COP-26” held at Glasgow.

Dr. Sharad Kumar, Airport Director, AAI, Chennai Airport, and Sh. V. C. Asokan, Executive Director & State Head, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., Tamil Nadu State Office inaugurated the facility.

This is also the first EV charging station commissioned by IOCL and TNSO outside the retail outlets.

Currently, a DC charger (15 kW GB-T – BEVC – 0001) and one Ac Type 2 (7.5 kW) are provided on the Air Side. While these chargers provided at present are meant to meet the current demand, there will be a further increase in the number of charging points and modification of charger capacity (CCS 2 up to 120 kW) in line with the demand.

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Both chargers can be operated either through a dedicated mobile app or an RFID card and meet all the latest safety standards.

The EV charging station not only helps to decrease the carbon footprint inside the airport, but they are also cost-effective in terms of daily operational cost. Further, they can be a boon to the vehicles plying inside the Airport as they are not road worthy and hence the liquid fuel has to be brought and stored separately for their consumption.

Considering the above, Airport Director, AAI, Chennai has already requested the Airlines to shift to EVs within a reasonable time period.

Indian Oil has taken M/s EVRE as their Service Provider for software support in day-to-day operation and accounting.

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