All hail the e-rickshaw
India is planning to deploy electric vehicle charging stations every 25kms along highways and roads. This is in line with the government’s ambitious 2030 deadline of having 25% of vehicles in the country all-electric by 2030.
As part of the effort, EVI Technologies, which is receiving state funding, is looking to install up to 20,000 EV charging stations at key locations across India within the next 18 months.
The company is allying with BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd to install 3,000 charging stations in Delhi. Many will be placed in locations where heavy e-rickshaw charging is already taking place. The country has an estimated 1.5m battery-powered, e-rickshaws.
Ride hailing company Ola is looking to have 1m EVs in its platform by 2021, including e-rickshaws, as part of its Mission:Electric strategy. Ola e-rickshaws, will also have solar panels on their roofs.
Home furnishing retailer Ikea last year opened its first Indian store in Hyderabad running a fleet of electric rickshaws for deliveries.