By using the express charging port, the duration taken for charging the battery could be reduced considerably.
Kerala State Electricity Board has come up with a plan to promote electric vehicles in the state. KSEB has partnered with Mahindra electric cars with an aim to promote zero-emission cars in Kerala.
“We have decided to purchase six Mahindra cars worth Rs 9 lakh each. The vehicles will be used for free in-house use at major hospitals and technology parks in major cities in Kerala,” KSEB chairman K Ellangovan said to Times of India.
KSEB plans to handover one vehicle to medical college and another one to either Regional Cancer Centre or Technopark.
The cars have a range up to 80Km in a single charge and battery can be charged overnight. Five persons, including the driver, can comfortably travel in the vehicle. KSEB will also set up charging stations at Trivandrum Kochi and Kozhikode.
KSEB will also setup grid-connected solar electric vehicle-charging centres in major cities in Kerala. For this, the board will invite expression of interest (EoI) from agencies interested. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has finalised the specifications for electric vehicle charging points.
The express charging station will be set up by March with an initial capacity of 2 charging points. By using the express charging port, the duration taken for charging the battery could be reduced considerably. The normal charging port would take more time, up to 12 to 13 hours. Once there is enough charging station across the state, there will be a facility for people to hand over vehicle battery for fully-charged ones through counters.
The state government is also taking steps to promote electric vehicles for public transportation and a committee of secretaries of power, transport and finance has been set up to take forward the idea.