India and Japan jointly develop charging standard for electric vehicles

India and Japan jointly develop charging standard for electric vehicles

Like any emerging market, the electric vehicle segment today is full of different standards and types of connectors that historically arose and became widespread in certain areas and then spread beyond. India is aiming to create a standard for chargers and cables that allows relatively cheap charging stations to be installed and does not put a heavy strain on infrastructure.

    Image source: Pixabay, GoranH

Image source: Pixabay, GoranH

Standard leader in India, after Nikkei Asian Review, have started to work closely with the Japan CHAdeMO Association to create a plug-in compatible standard for electric vehicle chargers. The largest Indian companies, represented by Mahindra Electric and Maruti Suzuki, joined the profile work. A draft version of the standard will be submitted to the relevant Indian organizations for approval later this year and may be approved next year.

Around 500 companies support the CHAdeMO standard. Using it as the basis for the electrification of transport in India will make it easier for Japanese companies to market their own electric vehicles and related infrastructure components in the local market. Regarding the plug type, the Indian standard will be compatible with CHAdeMO, but the limit power of the charger will be halved to 22 kW. This proportionally increases the charging time of an electric car, but since the Indian authorities are betting on cheap models with modest-capacity batteries, the difference will not be that critical.

More importantly, the cost of a charging station, including installation, can be reduced from $15,000 or $23,000 to less than $10,000. The availability of charging infrastructure is a major factor in determining the pace of electric vehicle expansion for passenger transportation . The Indian authorities expect to increase the share of electric vehicles in the structure of the primary car market to 30% by 2030. In the past financial year, no more than 20,000 electric vehicles were sold nationwide. The new charging standard is set to become established in other Southeast Asian countries. In China, a standard of its own is being promoted, but cooperation with Japanese specialists is not being rejected in this country either, in the hope of introducing a new standard for high-speed charging of electric vehicles from 2030.

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