BHEL installs first solar EV charging station

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Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) is setting up a series of solar-based electric vehicle charger stations on the Delhi-Chandigarh Highway. The project is covered under the FAME scheme [Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) & Electric Vehicles in India] of the Department of Heavy Industry, Government of India.

The establishment of EV chargers at regular intervals over the entire 250 km stretch between Delhi and Chandigarh would allay range-anxiety among the EV users and bolster their confidence for inter-city travel.

BHEL’s scope of work in the project includes design, engineering, manufacturing, supply and installation of the EV charging stations along with a central monitoring system with a user-friendly mobile app.

Each solar electric vehicle charging station will be equipped with a rooftop solar power plant to supply green energy and EV chargers.

Significantly, just recently the Cabinet government approved FAME II scheme with an outlay of Rs 10,000 crore over a period of three years. To be implemented from April 1, 2019, the scheme envisages setting up of about 2700 charging stations across the country so that at least one charging station is available in a grid of 3×3 km2.

As part of its diversification initiative, BHEL has been expanding its footprints in the e-mobility business. Notably, the company has already installed DC chargers at Udyog Bhawan in New Delhi. BHEL is also executing another commercial order for installation of DC chargers across various locations in the country.

BHEL is extending its offering in the e-mobility segment and has equipped itself to foray into manufacturing of EV chargers, electric buses and related critical components. As part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government of India, in-house development of EV motors, propulsion systems and fast chargers has also been undertaken by the company.