RT Koytango Private Limited, a part of Hriman Motors LLP, announced in a press release today that they’re planning to set up the free electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in New Delhi. The company claims to have secured numerous green funds for its objective to set up 100 percent free charging stations connected to grid-tied rooftop solar power projects.
The company stated in their press release that to set up the rooftop solar plants with the charging station at any business, school, college, office, factory the minimum requirements were at least 100 kW load and 10,000 square-feet rooftop space. Availability of both would deem the site eligible to become a part of the project. The entire set up which involves modules and charging stations and installation along with charging for all electric vehicles (first three years) will be free of cost.
The solar charging stations will offer 100 percent free EV charging to every vehicle in the national capital. “Even if we assume 80 percent of EV will charge at night at home, 20 percent will need the top-up charging when out on the road. Average charging time for each vehicle will be approximately 2 hours. Therefore, we need to make sure that charging stations come to the vehicle rather than the vehicle going to the charging station”, said Rushen Chahal, one of the founders of RT Koytango in a press release.
The program has also been extended to corporate buildings. As a part of which all company employees will be able to access the charging stations and the office building will generate a portion of its energy demands. RT Koytango expects the bill amounts to drop by at least 20 percent.
RT Koytango Private founders, Mrinalini Kapoor and Raninder K Chahal, commented, “It is a known fact that daytime usage in Delhi is over 6 GWs and this can be compensated to a great extent using solar. What remains to be understood is that the local Delhi grid will not be able to take the additional load of charging 0.2-0.5 million electric vehicles. Hence power, or rather green power, needs to be generated exactly where the charging is happening.” In any case, the whole idea of using EV’s is a waste if one uses thermal powered energy to keep them running.
With less than 1 percent penetration, Delhi is yet to even begin realising the true potential of its rooftop solar capacity. And soon to have the second largest fleet of electric buses behind China, (read that report) there is a lot that needs to be done. A massive plan of which RT Koytango is now a big part and supported by the Ministry of Power issuing a notice that no license is required to operate an electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in India.