NTPC Working on Charging Infrastructure for Electric Cars in India

The power entity in the country is setting up charging points and required power to facilitate electric vehicles.

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State-owned National Thermal Power Corporation Limited NTPC on Wednesday said it is working on electric vehicle charging infrastructure as it believes that ultimately mobility through EVs will help.

Mohit Bhargava, Executive Director, NTPC said electric vehicle is a good concept but the larger issue is related to the battery.

"NTPC is working very strongly on the electric vehicle (EV) side. On the charging network side," Bhargava said addressing India Energy Summit here.

"There is a larger issue on the battery side...the life of the battery and how do you reuse the battery," he added.

NTPC had earlier said it has signed pacts with cab aggregators Ola, Lithium, Shuttl, Bikxie, Bounce, Electrie and Zoom Car for creation of public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

In addition to this, Uber had talked about setting up dedicated charging stations across Metro stations in Delhi over the coming years, and it is likely that NTPC will be strong support system to make this happen.

The collaboration with these aggregators will lead to development of charging infrastructure for various vehicle segments as well as effective utilisation of public charging infrastructure, NTPC had said.

Cities like Bengaluru are slowly moving in this direction, and even in Delhi, we’re seeing government bodies using electric cars with supporting charging points to set an example for the rest of the country.

Reports from earlier this year suggest the Indian government is proposing the idea of having electric charging points for electric vehicles at petrol pumps as well. For this, the they will put a framework in place, which will focus on building battery manufacturing and charging infrastructure in the country.

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