RT Koytango Pvt. Ltd. Is set to install free Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations in New Delhi. These EV stations will be connected to grid tied rooftop solar power projects. This initiative has already secured numerous green funds and it will provide 100% free EV charging for three years to every vehicle in the capital.
“Even if we assume 80 percent of EV will charge at night at home, 20 percent will need the top-up charging when out on the road. Average charging time for per vehicle will be approximately 2 hours. Therefore, we need to make sure that charging stations come to the vehicle rather than vehicle going to the charging station”, said Rushen Chahal, one of the founders of RT Koytango in a press release.
The program is also available for commercial buildings and it will help them reduce their electricity bills by 20 percent and offer EV charging to building staff and employees.
Two other founders, Mrinalini Kapoor and Raninder K Chahal, said, “It is a known fact that day time usage in Delhi is over 6 GWs and this can be compensated to a great extent using solar. What remains to be understood is that the local Delhi grid will not be able to take the additional load of charging 0.2-0.5 million electric vehicles. Hence power, or rather green power, needs to be generated exactly where the charging is happening.”
Delhi is also expecting to introduce 1,000 electric buses this year which will make it second largest user of electric buses in the world after China.
EV sector is expected to grow in the future as the Ministry of Power has clarified that no license is required to operate EV charging stations in India. The government has also recently announced a slash in the GST rate on Lithium-ion batteries to propel the growth of EVs.