Lack of charging infrastructure is seen as a big stumbling block for fast-forwarding the electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem in the country. There is a great deal of talk in India about the importance of pushing for alternative fuels like EVs, but these push will not help if an adequate mechanism is not put in place to facilitate large-scale charging options for EVs in India.
Delhi-based RT Koytango Private Limited - a part of Hriman Motors LLP - is doing its bit in getting the Indian EV ecosystem up and running, offering free EV charging stations in New Delhi that will be connected to grid-tied rooftop solar power stations.
Mrinalini Kapoor and Raninder K Chahal, Founders, RT Koytango, said since Hriman Motors is the business of manufacturing EVs, they came up with obvious questions from customers about concerns over charging infrastructure and soon realised that an EV player not only has to provide a vehicle but also contribute in the charging space that eventually led to the birth of RT Koytango.
Kapoor said since the larger objective of leveraging electric vehicles is to reduce carbon footprint, it is imperative to optimise green power for electromobility or else it will turn out to be a case of burning coal in place of petrol.
The capacities of the two grids – National and City - are different. Chahal said the national grid can carry power or green power but the city grids are incapable of redistribution and a scenario of around one lakh vehicles plugging in all over the place will cause severe disruptions in an already stretched infrastructure. The power has to be generated exactly where charging is happening as the grid is used just do the balancing and appears the only way forward as the country’s coal resources are not infinite, Chahal pointed out.
He said EVs can deploy four different types of batteries and each battery will have a different charging time requirement ranging from 1 to 8 hours.
Kapoor said there is enormous potential to generate solar power in India. In Delhi alone, there is immense potential to generate 4GW of rooftop solar power during peak summer months with million benefits that could provide a boost to EV charging, she noted.
RT Koytango has welcomed the Power Ministry’s announcement stating that no license is required to operate EV charging stations in India. This will only help push the EV movement in India, Kapoor said.
RT Koytango is bullish about the EV roadmap. Kapoor said India will witness a significant number of EVs in India over the next 2-3 years, but to help the economy and reduce import bill EV acceleration must happen sooner than later, she concluded.