India needs to set up 46,000 EV charging stations by 2030 to match global benchmark

There is one charger per 135 EVs in India, compared to 6 in China

Updated - July 29, 2022 04:52 pm IST

Published - July 29, 2022 04:11 pm IST - New Delhi:

An EV charging stall at EV Expo held at Palace grounds in Bengaluru in July 2022.

An EV charging stall at EV Expo held at Palace grounds in Bengaluru in July 2022. | Photo Credit: The Hindu

India needs to set up 46,000 electric vehicle charging stations by 2030 to reach global benchmark, suggests a white paper released on Friday.

EV charger ratio is 6 both for China and the Netherlands, 19 for the U.S. while it stands 135 for India. That means there is one charger per 135 EVs in India compared to 6 in China, the white paper by Alvarez and Marsal, a global professional services firm, stated.

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The paper was launched at an electric vehicle conference, The EVConIndia 2022, in New Delhi.

The paper highlighted some key challenges affecting EV adoption and talked about six key issues of affordability, range anxiety, supply chain, product safety and quality, and inadequate access to financing.

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With a large automotive industry and pollution issues, India is ripe for innovation and rapid adoption of EVs in times to come, it said.

Sub-segments of the industry can grow at a compounded average growth rate of of 50-100% over the next five years if supply chain, product safety, product and battery innovation, charging infrastructure, and financing obstacles are removed, the paper suggested.

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“We believe that if these issues can be addressed by a concerted effort by the industry along with the government support, India can potentially become one of the leading markets and manufacturing hubs globally for the EV segment.” Manish Saigal, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal India.

Speaking at the conference, Niti Aayog Adviser (Infrastructure Connectivity & Electric Mobility) Sudhendu J. Sinha said, “We want to use these disruptive times to become the manufacturing hub of the world. We want to be leading exporter (nation) for EV components and batteries”.

Mr. Sinha further explained that to achieve that aspiration, “it is vital that the quality standards are top-notch, the businesses must have better control over the supply chain, and ethics should be the unshakable backbone of the industry”.

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