On 11th May, 1998, India successfully test fired the Shakti I, a nuclear missile which eventually made the country, the sixth nuclear ready nation in the world. The country has come a long way from its nuclear arsenal and this year, on 11th May, 2017, President of India, Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated The National Technology Day along with the Union Minister for Science and Technology, Dr Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi at Vigyan Bhawan. Due to the rising pollution levels in the country, the theme of this programme for this year is the evolution towards hybrid and electric mobility solutions and in lieu of the same, the President of India has introduced electric vehicle chargers developed by Ampere, a Coimbatore based company. The project is being partly funded by the Technology Development Board, Ministry of Science and Technology and the Government of India as a part of the 'Make-in-India' initiative. This project will enable access to a better infrastructure for electric vehicles.
At the launch, Hemalatha Annamalai, Founder and CEO, Ampere Vehicles Pvt Ltd, said, “We are delighted to share Ampere’s innovation in developing EV chargers that are specially designed to endure the harsh Indian weather conditions, thus making it easy to adopt for commercial use. This will go a long way in reducing the overall price of the vehicles while boosting indigenous manufacturing in the country. Ultimately, the objective is to translate maximum value to our customers who trust our products.” The electric vehicle chargers are claimed to enhance battery life by using an efficient charging method and reducing the running cost of an electric vehicle by 15 percent.
The recent push by the Government to curb pollution levels along with new schemes for hybrid and electric vehicles has encouraged manufacturers as well to consider electric as well as hybrid vehicles. By 2030, the Government also plans to end the registration of vehicles run on petrol as well as diesel engines and electric vehicles will dominate the automotive industry. This would also include passenger vehicles alongside commercial vehicles, however, India would have worked at a fast pace towards the direction of EV infrastructure in order to increase acceptability amongst consumers. Only then, can India be an electric vehicle country!