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Gurgaon Gets India’s Largest EV Charging Station; A Boost to Country’s EV Market

In the next few years, the number of EVs on Indian roads will likely rise substantially, and the bulk of the charging of these vehicles will take place at home or the workplace. But readily accessible charging or on-the-go charge-ups will also be key to support EV growth, which in turn will be as convenient as refuelling a vehicle engine today. Keeping this in mind, the National Highway for Electric Vehicle (NHEV), an entity to promote electric mobility on highways, has recently launched the country’s largest EV charging station in Gurgaon, Haryana.

This charging station has been installed and operated by Alektrify. This smart EV charging station gets 100 charging points for four-wheelers, out of which 72 units are AC slow chargers while 24 units consist of DC fast chargers. It is situated in Sector 52 of Gurgaon. Prior to this, the country’s largest EV charging station was located in Navi Mumbai that houses 16 AC and 4 DC chargers.

According to the company, this EV charging station will not only boost the EV industry in the region but will also act as a benchmark for large EV charging stations across the nation in the future.

The charging station has been installed and operated by Alektrify, an official commissioning and installation partner company of NHEV for setting up charging stations on Jaipur–Delhi-Agra E-highway under the Ease of Doing Business pilot program.

The station has 96 operational charging ports for electric vehicles for 96 EVs at a time and can serve upto 576 electric vehicles round the clock. 1 AC charger takes upto 6 hours to charge an EV and can charge total 4 vehicles in a day and 72 such chargers can charge 288 EV every day.

Praveen Kumar, Member, NHEV Working Group and Managing Director of Alektrify charging hub says, “While our fast DC chargers can charge a vehicle in less than 2 hours and can comfortably charge 12 EVs every day and this station. We have 24 such DC 5KW chargers to charge 288 EVs in a day-night utilization.”

Electric vehicle (EV), though a nascent segment in India, is an important technology to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the transportation sector, and has huge growth potential. But Gartner believes that its success depends on increasing investment by companies that provide charging infrastructure to bolster the transition to EVs by consumers and businesses.

According to Meticulous Research Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Market is expected to reach a value of $103.6 billion by 2028, at a CAGR of 26.4% during the forecast period 2021-2028 with key global players in the electric vehicle charging station market such as Tesla, Chargepoint, Siemens, ClipperCreek and Schneider electric, among others, driving the growth.

Abhijeet Sinha, National Program Director, Ease of Doing Business program & Project Director of NHEV in additional charge says, “India too is on the verge of making the investment in E-mobility charging infra setup highly competitive compared to fuel stations in terms of ease in licensing, commissioning, electrification, certification and to draw revenue equivalence with existing petrol pumps.”

He believes, EV charging station of this size and magnitude is rare and will be instrumental for the industry to experience actual Ease of Doing Business in smooth ‘Certification Compliance’ and ‘Safety Standards’.”

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Sohini Bagchi
Sohini Bagchi is Editor at CXOToday, a published author and a storyteller. She can be reached at [email protected]