Switzerland-based multinational corporation ABB, a global Fortune 500 company for 24 years, will soon put up production facilities in India to manufacture Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers locally in the country, either at the end of this year or early 2019.
EV Chargers are important component of electric mobility infrastructure. And, as Frank Muehlon, head of ABB Global Business for EV Charging Infrastructure, rightly said that, “in order to fulfill the requirements in a market like India with 1.2 billion people, we would have to do it locally, so we have a clear plan moving forward on putting local charger production in India, either at the end of this or early next year.”
Muehlon however didn’t disclose the size of investment it would require to set up EV charging facilities. “I can’t disclose the number, but we are funding that,” he said.
ABB, which operates mainly in robotics, power, heavy electrical equipment and automation technology areas, offers Internet-based charging infrastructure, supporting all EV charging standards, complemented with connected services and global charger support.
“E-mobility depends on how speedily OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) bring in the cars. The other thing is grid enforcement (to ensure power supply to charging stations). For chargers, you need to put right grid behind, and people need to put the charger on the ground to operate them; so, again you need entrepreneurs who start doing that. Overall, I have no doubt that this will happen,” said Muehlon, as reported by Economic Times.
ABB’s offers multi-standard DC fast charging stations with name of Terra.These are best sold 50 kW DC charging stations in Europe and North America. Supporting increasing EV battery capacities, ABB’s Terra enables continuous charging at full 50 kW at 200 – 500 V, while 200 – 920 V is supported by Terra 54HV.
ABB’s Terra 20kW DC charging station is best suited for country like India, as it is a cost-effective and multi-outlet solution and does not require a heavy grid connection making it easy to install at multiple locations and can easily be installed next to any existing AC slow charging network. It charges an electric car in 30-120 minutes.
All ABB chargers come with Connected Services. These allow customers to easily connect their chargers to different software systems like back-offices, payment platforms or energy management solutions via the Internet.
EV charging infrastructure development in India is fast picking up pace since start of this year. It may be recalled that in last month, Government of India-owned a NTPC Limited has started its 1st Electric EV charging station in Simhadri, Vishakhapatnam in line with the government’s plan to switch to clean mobility.
In August, an another government-owned PSU Gail (India) Limited, sought its shareholders approval to set up battery charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) as it looks to diversify its portfolio beyond gas and petrochemicals.
In May last year, Bengaluru-based automotive startup Ather Energy, maker of India’s first premium electric smart scooter, the S340, was in news for its plan to replicate Tesla Inc.’s charging infrastructure business model in India.