Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) will set up a network of solar-based electric vehicle chargers (SEVC) on the Delhi-Chandigarh highway.
“The establishment of EV chargers at regular intervals over the entire 250 km stretch between Delhi and Chandigarh would allay range-anxiety among the electric vehicle users and bolster their confidence for inter-city travel,” the company said in a statement.
India is pushing for use of electric vehicles to reduce vehicular pollution and cut dependence on oil imports. However, infrastructure for charging the batteries in such vehicles is critical for achieving that objective.
BHEL said it will design, engineer, manufacture, supply and install the EV charging stations along with a central monitoring system. Each SEVC charging station will be equipped with a rooftop solar power plant to supply green energy to fast and slow chargers planned to be installed at the location.
The project is covered under the FAME scheme [Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India] of the Department of Heavy Industry (DM), Government of India.
BHEL, as part of its diversification initiative, has already installed DC chargers at Udyog Bhawan in New Delhi.