The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), the government's think tank, has stated that it has created a draught policy for the Indian Railways to set up Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure at railway stations around the country. The move is an attempt to encourage the use and growth of the EV industry. The draught policy, which has been submitted with the Ministry of Railways, also suggests supplying renewable energy to charging stations in order to achieve Indian Railway's goal of being a net-zero carbon emitter by 2030.
According to media reports, the proposal is currently being discussed with the Ministry of Railways. The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) has advised that, while the railways can aim to install EV charging stations at all stations gradually until 2030, the service can be made available immediately at 123 rebuilt railway stations. Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NITI Aayog, said that railway stations are landmark places that play a unique role in the whole transportation sector, making them key locations for providing public charging options for EVs.
The government's FAME-II (Faster Use and Manufacturing of Hybrid and EV) plan aims to significantly increase the adoption of EVs, notably in public and shared transportation. Subsidies will be provided to almost 7,000 e-buses, 500,000 electric three-wheelers, 55,000 electric four-wheeler passenger cars, and one million electric two-wheelers. To do this, a strong and accessible EV charging infrastructure network is essential. Aside from the existing government attempts to expand EV charging infrastructure, train stations may provide city inhabitants with a secure and accessible charging infrastructure.
Earlier this month, researchers from various Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) unveiled new EV charging technology that costs around half the price of existing onboard charger technology. It has the potential to significantly cut the cost of two- and four-wheeler EVs. According to a study, the technology's lab-scale development is complete, and it is being upgraded and commercialized. The team said that one of the country's main EV manufacturers is also interested in this new technology and is ready to build a full-fledged commercial product that can be applied to existing electric cars.
The technique was created at IIT (BHU) Varanasi in conjunction with scientists from IITs Guwahati and Bhubaneshwar. According to a spokesman, with the rising cost of petroleum products and rising pollution levels, EVs are the ideal option to traditional IC engines. However, because to the lack of a high-power off-board charging infrastructure, automakers are forced to embed onboard chargers within the car itself.
The team is lowering an extra power electronics interface necessary for the propulsion mode in the proposed onboard charger technology, and so the components involved are decreased. The solution will reduce the cost of the onboard charger by around 40-50 percent when compared to the current one. The cost of chargers will be reduced as a result, as will the cost of EVs. According to an official, the technology will be totally developed in-house and will have a big influence on the EV industry.