PowerBank Setting Up World’s Highest EV Charging Network Along Manali-Leh Route

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The chargers installed are a mix of Type-I and Type- II AC chargers catering to electric two, three and four-wheelers

Shuchi Anant Virya’s brand PowerBank has announced that it is setting up a number of EV charging points in the Ladakh region.

The charging points will be set up along the Manali-Leh route, which includes five of the highest motorable passes in the world.

The company said in a statement that it has installed 18 EV charging stations along 1800 km in 10 days, of which 15 of them were set up at locations with a height of 10,000 feet – 14000 feet above mean sea level.

The chargers installed are a mix of Type-I and Type- II AC chargers catering to electric two, three and four-wheelers.

Shuchi Anant Virya is a joint venture company between mobility solutions provider Lithium Urban Technologies and solar energy company Fourth Partner Energy.

Sanjay Krishnan, founder, Lithium Urban Technologies, said, “We set out on this journey with the aim of protecting the most fragile ecosystems in India, starting with Himachal and Lakdak. As part of the endeavour, we installed 18 AC electric vehicle chargers along the route of Manali – Leh – Kargil – Nubra – Turtuk – Pangong – Siachen Base Camp which is home to not just India’s but some of the world’s highest motorable roads including the Khardung La, Chang La and Taglang La passes. This would not have been possible without the support of the Indian Army and the people of Ladakh, and we would like to express our deepest gratitude to them.”

Vivek Subramanian, co-founder and executive director, Fourth Partner Energy, said, “Through PowerBank, we are looking to cover the length and breadth of the country with accessible, affordable EV charging points that are easy to use. Our chargers are integrated with an app that enhances the customer’s EV experience. Eventually, the goal is to power these chargers using renewable energy from the grid.”

The JV company has currently set up charging points at more than 50 locations across 10 cities in India including Pune, Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Bengaluru and Kolkata under the brand name PowerBank.

It has also tied up with fuel retailer HPCL to set up more than 100 EV charging points across its retail outlets pan-India this fiscal.

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