IIT BHU researchers have developed new technology to charge electric vehicles in a groundbreaking initiative. Demand for electric vehicles and innovation related to them has exploded in India and researchers have reacted to various government policies aimed at relaxing the rules for electric vehicle charging stations.
The research team from the electrical engineering department of the institute has developed a new in-vehicle charger technology, which costs about half of the current in-vehicle charger technology.
Using this technique will reduce the cost of two- and four-wheel electric vehicles.
Why are electric vehicles expensive?
Dr. Rajeev Kumar Singh, Associate Professor and Chief Researcher of the Department of Electrical Engineering Project said: “Rising petrol and diesel prices in the country are worrying for the common man.”
“Amid the rising cost of petroleum products and rising pollution levels, electric vehicles (EVs) are the best alternative to conventional combustion engines, but the lack of high-power charging infrastructure forces automakers to integrate on-board chargers into the vehicle itself,” he said.
“The vehicle owner can charge the vehicles via the socket and as a result electric vehicles become very expensive.”
How does the new technology work?
The professor informed that with the new technology developed at the institute, the cost of on-board charger can be reduced by about 50%.
It will also significantly reduce the cost of electric vehicles.
The technology will be completely indigenous and will have a significant impact on driving electric vehicles on Indian roads.
When can we expect the new technology to hit the market?
Lab-scale development has already been done at IIT (BHU) and scale-up and commercialization are underway.
The professor further added that the country’s leading electric vehicle manufacturer has also shown interest in the new technology and is ready to develop a full-fledged commercial product that can be applied to existing electric vehicles.
Experts from IIT Guwahati and IIT Bhubaneswar also collaborated for this technological development. Electric vehicles will be accessible to the general public.
Dr. Singh informed that this research is financially supported by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India.
This innovative technology from the institute will also contribute to the government’s e-mobility mission.
Thanks to this new technology, the vehicle charging infrastructure in the country will be improved and the access of the general public to electric vehicles will be possible easily.
He explained that the electric vehicle contributes to sustainable development because it improves the health of the community by eliminating tailpipe emissions, reducing dependence on fossil fuels and, with the integration of renewable energies into existing electricity grids, lower electricity rates can be reduced.
The institute will soon set up an interdisciplinary center on electric vehicle technology.
How new electric vehicle charging technology will help people and the environment
Director of the Institute Prof. Pramod Kumar Jain said, “The technology developed will help in the production of low-cost electric vehicles that will benefit the common man.”
“The technical-commercial, social, economic and environmental impact of the technology will also be positive. The technology will improve charging infrastructure and support the government’s mission to massively bring electric vehicles to Indian roads,” he said.
IIT BHU develops autonomous vehicles
Prof. Jain also informed that few projects on the development of autonomous vehicles and connected vehicles are already underway with IIT (BHU) Varanasi.
One of these projects is the Averera project which has already won the world’s first prize at the Shell Eco Marathon last year.
He added that IIT (BHU) Varanasi plans to establish an interdisciplinary center on EV technologies to carry out design, manufacture and testing of battery management systems, commercialize research, provide solutions to R&D problems and develop human resources in this area. .
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