To reach its ambitious target of 30% EV penetration by 2030, the Indian government has set tall goals for the switch to EVs over the coming years. For this, a complete national network of EV charging stations must be built. Let’s look at some advantages of establishing a sizeable EV charging network in India and how it complements the existing infrastructure.
A key benefit of installing a large EV charging network is increased EV adoption. People are often hesitant to buy electric vehicles due to the lack of charging infrastructure among other apprehensions. However, we feel that a growing network of EV charging stations will alleviate these concerns to a great degree and enable everyday use of EVs. When charging stations become available, people will switch to electric vehicles, reducing CO2 emissions and improving air quality.
Gujarat, for instance, is leading India's deployment of electric vehicles with more than 350 charging stations already in place Gujarat may see a continued increase in the use of electric vehicles as more charging stations are planned for the state.
A rise in the usage of electric vehicles will most certainly result in improved air quality. Electric vehicles have the potential to significantly reduce emissions from the transportation sector, which is one of the major sources of air pollution. Additionally, our collective carbon footprint will also shrink through the installation of EV charging station networks and more so by those that use renewable energy sources like solar energy such as ATUM Charge. Let’s take one of our highly polluted cities – New Delhi. Copious amounts of air pollution are debilitating to the city’s residents. Cities like Delhi can lower their reliance on ICE vehicles and instead significantly improve air quality by installing electric vehicle charging stations to fuel the rising demand in EVs.
The installation of a large EV charging station network will be a boon to our economy. There will be numerous job vacancies created in the manufacturing, installation and maintenance departments for electric vehicle charging stations. Furthermore, using renewable energy sources like solar energy to power EV charging stations also creates jobs in the renewable energy sector. And lastly, increased adoption of electric vehicles will reduce dependence on imported fossil fuels, giving a further lift to the domestic economy.
EV charging stations are essential for enhancing grid stability. Grid stability is what controls the risks to power systems, including demand fluctuations, power line failures, and even generator failure. Therefore, it is crucial to maintain as the use of renewable energy sources rises. By regulating EV charging during periods of low demand and high supply, EV charging stations can be used as demand response tool to balance the grid.
An extensive network of solar-powered EV charging stations such as ATUM Charge, could help boost India’s tourism industry. Tourists can use electric vehicles to get around the country without worrying about range thanks to a vast network of EV charging stations. This demonstrates India's dedication to encouraging eco-friendly travel and minimizing its carbon footprint. Case in point - Himachal Pradesh has set up numerous electric vehicle charging stations, including in popular tourist areas like Manali and Shimla. By making it simpler for visitors to travel by electric vehicles, the presence of EV charging stations has encouraged sustainable tourism in the region and we believe more states will follow suit.
And so, it is safe to say that setting up a generous EV charging infrastructure in India is certain to have a great impact on the EV market leading to an increase in EV adoption, promotion of better air quality and all the other factors mentioned in our blog, today. The Indian government has made many strides in efforts to encourage the use of EVs by providing incentives and subsidies, among other things. The next crucial step in achieving the objective of shifting to a sustainable transportation sector will be the installation of a vast network of charging stations.