pv magazine: While the government aims to make India a 100% electric vehicle (EV) nation by 2030, there are doubts this can be achieved. What are the main challenges in achieving this target?
Dr Rashi Gupta: Currently, the challenge is the infrastructure. It is a known fact that any vehicle will only run the distance for which its fuel tank can support. To have a balance between cost of the vehicle, charging time and efficiency, EVs have a limited energy capacity, which gives a limited mileage. Given this situation, there is a strong need for fast chargers, which are found as frequently on the roads as petrol/diesel fuelling stations currently are.
Another issue that could come up would be managing the surge power drawn from the grid, given the number of vehicles that would be fast charged together. This power drawal could be locally concentrated or widespread, the effects of which would be different and, if not managed correctly, could be catastrophic.
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