How is India prepping for an EV future? | Automotive World

How is India prepping for an EV future? | Automotive World

The Indian government has bold ambitions for charging hubs to be spaced evenly across the country, but challenges remain. By Freddie Holmes

India plans to become a global electric vehicle (EV) superpower, but various hurdles lie in wait. Much rests on the country’s strategy to roll out public, private and domestic charging solutions, which must support not only drivers in major cities but also those in rural areas.

Estimates vary, but research has shown that only between 1,300 and 1,800 public chargers are available across the entire country, far below the charger-per-vehicle ratio of other markets. In addition, only around 5% of stations are said to be fast chargers. The issue can be boiled down quite simply: without a suitable density of charging stations, many drivers will not be able to run an EV.

“Charging infrastructure is a somewhat nascent play in our country,” observes Gaurav Batra, Global Advanced Manufacturing and Mobility Analyst Team Leader at EY. “It is still in its infancy, but there has been some progress.”

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