NITI Aayog, the Indian government’s premier policy think-tank has installed an ABB Terra 53 fast charging station for electric vehicles at the organization’s office in New Delhi.
The installation by ABB, a global leader in electric vehicle charging, supports recent proposals by the Ministry of Highways and Transportation and NITI Aayog, which include a pilot project in electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in New Delhi, a release by ABB observed.
The unveiling ceremony was led by Nitin Gadkari, Indian Minister for Highways and Transportation at the NITI Aayog’s premises in the presence of Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog and other dignitaries.
NITI – the National Institute for Transforming India – is working to implement the United Nation’s sustainable development goals, which include clean, affordable energy and smart, sustainable cities. Led by the Ministry of Transportation and Highways, NITI Aayog is spearheading the electric mobility vision framework in the country. Also, Shri Kant laid out the vision of transitioning to eletric mobility across segments with the commitment of converting NITI Aayog vehicles to electric ones in subsequent months.
ABB’s 50kW fast charging station can provide a full charge to an electric vehicle in only 30 minutes.
“ABB reinforces its commitment to the nation’s future of renewable power generation and clean electric transportation with our global technologies made in India,’’ said Sanjeev Sharma, Managing Director of ABB India, in the release.
The Terra 53 is based on international charging standards for EVs. The charger converts alternating current (AC) from the grid to the direct current (DC) used by EV batteries. But it can also work with EVs that use AC charging. The station’s robust hardware and compliance with global electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing standards ensures safe operation in all-weather conditions. ABB has more than 6,000 units installed across more than 55 countries.
Featured photograph shows a Terra 53 installation that is even equipped with a credit card reader