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The first EV charging point along Delhi-Chandigarh highway is here, courtesy BHEL

PW Bureau 

BHEL’s scope of work under the project comprises engineering, design, supply, manufacturing and installing the EV charging points with a central monitoring system

New Delhi: To shore up inter-city travel for electric vehicles, state-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) said on Monday that it has installed installed the first solar electric vehicle (EV) charging station on Delhi-Chandigarh highway. The project is being covered by the Department of Heavy Industry’s FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) & Electric Vehicles in India).

The charging station is the first one in a series that BHEL is going to build on the entire 250-kilometre stretch. It was inaugurated by AR Sihag, Secretary, Department of Heavy Industry (DHI) in the presence of BHEL Chairman Atul Sobti in Sonepat, Haryana.

Chargers will allay range-anxiety among EV users

“The establishment of electric vehicle (EV) chargers at regular intervals over the entire 250-kilometre stretch between Delhi and Chandigarh would allay range-anxiety among the electric vehicle users and bolster their confidence for inter-city travel,” BHEL said in a BSE filing.

BHEL’s scope of work under the project comprises engineering, design, supply, manufacturing and installing the electric vehicle charging points with a central monitoring system, it said.

BHEL has equipped itself to enter into the manufacturing of EV chargers, electric buses and related critical components, it said.

“As part of its diversification initiative, BHEL has been expanding its footprints in the e-mobility business. The company has already installed direct current (DC) chargers at Udyog Bhawan in New Delhi. BHEL is also executing another commercial order for installation of DC chargers across various locations in the country,” the company added.