Niti Aayog gets fast charging station for EVs

Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog also laid out the vision of transitioning to electric mobility across segments with the commitment of converting NITI Aayog vehicles to electric ones in subsequent months.

By: | Published: February 15, 2018 5:11 PM
Electric vehicles, Electric vehicles 2030, Electric vehicles 2030 deadline, Centre, Niti Aayog  The government has set the clock ticking with a plan to shift completely to electric vehicles (EVs) in India by 2030.

Jumping on the EVs bandwagon, Government’s think tank Niti Aayog has received its first fast-charging station for electric vehicles installed by ABB. Niti Aayog’s office in Delhi has set up an ABB Terra 53 fast charger toad claims that it can charge an electric vehicle in 30 minutes.

The installation at Niti Aayog was done by ABB, a leading company providing support charging of electric vehicles. The company has very recently supported the proposals by the Ministry of Highways and Transportation and NITI Aayog, which include a pilot project in electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in New Delhi.

NITI – the National Institute for Transforming India has been given the task of forming rules and taking EVs forward in India and the Think-Tank is now laying the groundwork for the same. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog also laid out the vision of transitioning to electric mobility across segments with the commitment of converting NITI Aayog vehicles to electric ones in subsequent months.

ABB Electric vehicle charging unit

ABB’s 50kW fast charging station can provide a full charge to an electric vehicle in only 30 minutes.

“We are thankful and honored to support Indian Government's thought leadership and drive to systematically transform the nation's transportation base to electric vehicles. ABB reinforces its commitment to the nation’s future of renewable power generation and clean electric transportation with our global technologies made in India,’’ said Sanjeev Sharma, Managing Director of ABB India.

Globally, ABB has over 600 charging stations installed in over 55 countries. The Terra 53 is based on international charging standards for EVs. The charger converts alternating current (AC) from the grid to the direct current (DC) used by EV batteries. But it can also work with EVs that use AC charging. The station’s robust hardware and compliance with global electromagnetic compatibility (EMC ) testing standards ensure safe operation in all-weather conditions.
“We will continue to deploy and leverage the next level of global, open standard technology to provide the best-in-class reliable and cost-effective EV charging experience for Indian citizens living in smart cities.We believe that smart cities are made of smart elements and ABB EV Charging technology is one such important element,” he added.

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