Secretary MeitY launches portable DC charger for EVs

Date: October 25, 2023. — S Krishnan, Secretary of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), unveiled an indigenous 2KW DC portable charger at IIT Madras Research Park on Wednesday. The charger, developed with financing from MeitY to the Centre of Excellence at IIT Madras and Flowtrik Technologies.

The charger, which has an efficiency of more than 95% and can work at a maximum ambient temperature of 50 degrees Celsius. It has safety measures such as over-load, over-voltage, reverse polarity, and an EMI/EMC filter. Optional features include adaptive charging based on battery requirements and IoT connectivity for real-time monitoring of charging conditions. It can modify the charger’s power output settings to meet the needs of various OEMs.

S Krishnan, speaking at the inaugural event, stated that the indigenous charger is a big step toward attaining Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s objective of “Make in India, Make for the World.” He claims that the charger will minimize reliance on foreign charging systems and encourage domestic EV component manufacture. He also lauded IIT Madras Research Park and MeitY for their creativity and collaboration in designing the charger.

Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, IIT Madras, who was also in presence, stated that the charger is the outcome of intensive study and testing by the IIT Madras Centre of Excellence. He claims that the charger is environmentally friendly and manufactured from recycled materials. Moreover, he also stated that the charger will improve the range and convenience of EV users. He encourage more people to switch to EVs.

The introduction of the indigenous charger is expected to positively impact India’s EV ecosystem. This is quickly expanding as a result of several government programs and laws. According to research by NITI Aayog and Rocky Mountain Institute, adopting EVs could save India up to 64% of energy demand by 2030. It could also reduce carbon emissions by 37%. According to the analysis, India can develop a market worth $206 billion for EV batteries by 2030. If it becomes a global leader in battery manufacturing.

As the nation strides forward on its path toward a cleaner, more sustainable future, the launch of the indigenous portable DC charger stands as a testament to India’s unwavering commitment to embracing green technologies. It also demonstrates India’s dedication to fostering a culture of environmental responsibility. This commitment is particularly evident in the domain of mobility and transportation.

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