ABB has become one of the world’s leading EV charging station suppliers, and it is now leading the way into the compelling Indian market. The Indian subsidiary of the European electrical equipment giant has given a glimpse of its aggressive plans to capture a major share of this potentially giant market as India pursues its mission to adopt electric vehicles on a large scale.
ABB India recently placed a bid in response to a government tender to set up 4,500 charging stations for electric vehicles. The tender came alongside another tender by government-owned Energy Efficiency Services Limited to procure 10,000 electric sedans.
While ABB did not specify the geographic distribution of these charging stations, they are very likely to be concentrated in the metro cities, led by Delhi. The central government, with all its offices in Delhi, and the New Delhi Municipal Corporation are planning to rapidly adopt electric vehicles in the near term. The aggressive expansion in electric vehicles segment is expected to be driven by the ambitious road map announced by India’s planning commission (NITI Aayog) that targets a ban on fossil fuel–powered vehicles by 2030.
ABB India is a trusted name in the electrical components market and claims to have the largest share in inverter shipments for solar power projects in India. It is also one of the largest producers of EV charging stations in the world. Foreign companies could play a vital role in developing basic infrastructure for electric mobility and helping India to leapfrog to the latest technologies.
For example, ABB already provides flash charging facilities to buses in Switzerland. The company claims that its technology can charge up to 600 kilowatts at a time, for 15–20 seconds, while a bus’s batteries can be fully charged within 4 to 5 minutes at bus terminals or depots.
Flash charging facilities would prove very help in India as a large majority of commuters in India are dependent on public transport. Such facilities would also make public transportation attractive, another goal of the government as it looks to fight pollution and traffic congestion, especially in the large metropolitan cities.