There is good news for the EV market in India. The country has been continuously making progress towards becoming a self-sustained EV producer so that it does not have to import a large number of electronic vehicles from the international market.
Researchers from IIT have developed a new charging system for EVs, which will reduce the cost of charging vehicles to almost half of the cost right now. This will substantially reduce the cost of charging for both 2 wheelers as well as 4 wheelers.
The project that has been developed at IIT(BHU), in collaboration with researchers from IIT Guwahati and IIT Bhubaneshwar is funded by the Ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY).
According to the research team, the lab-scale testing has been a success and the up-gradation and commercialization are in progress. They also claim that the largest manufacturer of EVs in India has shown interest in the project but choose not to name it. Speculations suggest that it may be TATA motors.
“The rising prices of petrol and diesel in the country is worrisome for the common man. Amidst the rising cost of petroleum products and rising pollution levels, electric vehicles (EVs) are the best alternative to conventional IC engines but lack of high power off-board charging infrastructure forces automakers to incorporate onboard chargers into the vehicle itself “, said Rajeev Kumar Singh, Chief Project Investigator, IIT BHU.
The new system that is completely indigenous uses an onboard charger technology that will reduce one additional power electronics interface required for propulsion mode. The new charger can also be used as an inverter, therefore reducing the components required, leading to a decrease in cost by 40 to 50 percent.
The IIT(BHU) has decided to set up a center dedicated specifically to EV technology to research on design, fabrication, and testing of battery management systems.
Electronic vehicles are better than conventional engine vehicles, as they can help in reducing the use of fossil fuels and can substantially reduce the number of carbon emissions. With this new technology, the cost of production of EVs will also go down, encouraging more and more manufacturers to join in.