They are basically classified into two types: slow or regular chargers and fast chargers.
For their electric scooters, Ola Electric and Ather Energy employ a proprietary fast charger type that is incompatible with standard charger slots. However, Ola Electric and Ather Energy have their own Hypercharge network and Ather Grid to charge their scooters without relying on external parties. Ather Energy made its unique charging connector and Ather Grid available and open for usage to other EV producers in the country in August 2021.
Ultraviolet, on the other hand, will employ a 3-pin AC industrial smart socket with Bluetooth communication, which is mandated by the government and is not a proprietary charging type. This model includes and is compatible with both a portable charger and a regular on-board charger with a 5A electrical outlet.
In our exclusive conversation with Tarun Mehta, CEO and co-founder of Ather Energy, he stated that the government should legislate standardized charging connections in every single parking lot, whether business or residential, to bring about a huge change in the adoption of EVs.
Swappable battery technology is also becoming more popular. The latest Union Budget focuses on developing swappable battery technology, which would significantly reduce EV downtime.
Interoperable standards will improve mobility and EV start-ups.
According to the Union Finance Minister, the government would implement a new policy for electric vehicle battery swapping, as well as interoperability requirements for public charging.