BHEL launches 5 solar EV charging stations on Delhi-Chandigarh Highway

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State-owned engineering major Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) is setting up a network of solar-based electric vehicle (EV) chargers on the Delhi-Chandigarh Highway. The first in the series was commissioned at Rai (Sonepat) in March.

The latest five charging stations are located at the resorts of Haryana Tourism Corporation Ltd at Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Panipat and Samalkha (Sonepat) on Delhi-Chandigarh highway. These were inaugurated recently by Arvind Ganpat Sawant, Union Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, in the presence of BHEL chairman & managing director Dr Nalin Shinghal.

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 is expected to allay range-anxiety among EV users and bolster their confidence for inter-city travel.

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

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

e-mobility plans

BHEL aims to provide end-to-end integrated solutions for e-mobility.

As part of its e-mobility initiative, the state-owned major has forayed into manufacturing of EV chargers, electric buses and related critical components. It has also undertaken in-house development of EV motors, propulsion systems and fast chargers. In May it signed a memorandum of understanding with EV infrastructure developer Exicom to address the requirements of e-mobility market for wayside charging infrastructure (using EV chargers of ≤ 100V).

In 2018-19 BHEL successfully developed a 50 KW EV charger. It also bagged the order for supply, installation and commissioning and AMC of 40 DC-001 chargers from Energy Efficiency Services Limited.