New Delhi: Japanese electronics giant Panasonic has planned to set up around 100k (1 Lakh) e-vehicles’ charging station across 25 top Indian cities. The Japanese company is planning to set up these stations by 2024. These charging stations are expected to power over a million vehicles. It may be noted that the company which is also a key partner of American electric vehicles Tesla, plans to set up mini charging facilities at parking stations, malls, petrol pumps, and specially-developed zones across cities such as Delhi, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Amravati, Hyderabad, Gurgaon, Noida, and Ghaziabad.
Panasonic India president & CEO Manish Sharma told TOI, "We feel that the clean energy and electric vehicles space is going to see a massive growth in the coming years, and Panasonic wants to be ready with a matching infrastructure to power the new-generation, cleaner vehicles." Panasonic's move is aimed at connecting them to individual electric vehicles users along with fleet owners, e-commerce and logistics companies in order to manage their transport efficiently. While Panasonic will control the core network and technology for the project, the expansion will be through franchisee model, the report added.
“The service comes equipped with telematics sensors on the vehicles, allowing users to generate real-time data and report from continuous operation, thus enabling them to use their fleet in the most efficient way,” Sharma said.
It is worth noting that the cabinet earlier this year approved a scheme to spend $1.4 billion to subsidise sales of electric and hybrid vehicles as part of efforts to curb pollution and reduce dependency on fossil fuels. Also, in order to ensure that 25 per cent of the vehicles in the country are all-electric by 2030, the union government issued fresh guidelines to strengthen the EV infrastructure in the country. As per the guidelines, there should be at least one station on each side of the highway every 100 kilometres for long range and heavy-duty electric vehicles.