Electric vehicles are slowly gaining momentum in India. Amidst rising petrol prices, customers are now shifting to electric vehicles. In such a situation, the government is also fully supporting it.
Public Ev Magenta Navi Mumbai
EV charging solutions provider Magenta has opened India’s largest public EV charging station in Navi Mumbai. The facility was inaugurated by Maharashtra Industries and Mining Minister Subhash Desai. Maharashtra Industries and Mines Minister Subhash Desai said, “Under our Draft EV Policy 2021, we aim to bring at least 1,46,000 new Battery Operated Electric Vehicles (BEVs) on the state’s roads by 2025, by which time 10 We are running with the target of all new vehicle registration up to percent. We support our local start-ups like Magenta to adopt electric vehicles in the state and country and soon globally.
Maharashtra was the latest state to announce an EV policy that proposes to incentivize early adopters of electric vehicles, in addition to the benefits provided by the central government’s FAME II scheme. Other states with EV policies include Gujarat and Delhi. Coming to the charging station, the charging station, which is operational round the clock, has 21 chargers – four DC chargers (15 to 50 kW capacity) and 17 AC chargers (3.5 to 7.5 kW). AC chargers are developed and manufactured in India.
A car will be charged in 45 minutes
Depending on the usage, a vehicle can be charged in as little as 45 minutes. For vehicles that require AC slow charging, the parking bay allows overnight charging. These chargers can be operated with online remote monitoring through Magenta’s ChargeGrid app which includes an automated payment gateway.
The setting up of this public EV charging station in Navi Mumbai is to meet the requirements of two million EVs potentially plying on its roads by 2026, in line with the Centre’s plan to set up 4,00,000 charging stations. As per SMEV data, there are 1800 charging stations in India (March 2021) catering to 16,200 electric cars, which includes the fleet segment.
Electric vehicles are slowly catching up in the Indian market, although the options for four wheelers are still limited. Major mainstream offerings include the popular Tata Nexon EV, MG ZS EV and Hyundai Kona Electric. Buyers are expected to get more options in the coming years as Mahindra is also lined up two EVs for the market – the all-electric eKUV and eXUV 300.
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