Exicom, an energy storage solutions provider, has won the tender floated in March 2018 by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) for installing EV charging stations in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.
The EV charging infrastructure will include 120 kW and 50 kW EV off-board DC chargers for electric buses located at two places, a bus depot near Medical College and in Bheda Ghat.
An NTPC official told Mercom, “We have entered into a tripartite agreement with Jabalpur Smart City and Jabalpur City Transport Services to set up an EV charging infrastructure. This tender is for the development of two EV charging stations. Each station will be able to accommodate 60 buses at a time and will have extra space for other vehicles.”
“We are grateful and excited to participate in this project. Winning this tender further strengthens our position as a market leader with the largest base of deployed EV chargers in India,” said Anant Nahata, Managing Director of Exicom in a media statement.
He added, “Today, we have a full range of AC and DC fast chargers suitable for all types of electric vehicles ranging from 1 kW to ~ 150 kW, supporting all global standards including both low and high voltage battery platforms.”
This tender was in line with NTPC’s plans to expand EV charging in India. In October 2017, Mercom reported that NTPC was seeking a pan-India license to construct and set up EV charging stations across the country.
The NTPC also recently announced the installation of an EV charging station at Talcher Super Thermal Power Station in the state of Odisha. The charging station will cater to the needs of the EVs owned by the company as well as its employees.
Lately, the EV charging segment in India has been getting highly-competitive with an increasing number of players entering the market. Recently, Fortum signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the NBCC, a Government of India Navratna enterprise, to develop EV charging infrastructure throughout the country.
Power conglomerate ABB India also submitted a bid recently to provide 4,500 charging stations in response to a government tender.
Mercom recently analyzed the hotspots in the country leading the EV revolution.