The Indian government is preparing to introduce a smartphone app for electric car owners. The Super App is intended to deliver real-time information regarding the location and availability of electric car charging stations. The software is being developed in collaboration with the state-owned Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL).
It will display charging station cost information and allow users to make and alter reservations at neighboring stations. In addition, the CESL will install 810 electric car charging stations throughout 16 motorways and expressways.
CESL, a subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) under the Ministry of Power, acknowledged the creation of a new mobile app for EV users on Wednesday through its official Twitter handle. According to the article, the planned app will give information on EV charging station availability, charger kinds, and charging fees. Users could also make and alter reservations at adjacent stations.
According to the Economic Times, the app will be called Super App and would be available in four to six weeks.
According to Mahua Acharya, MD, and CEO of CESL, "apart from information on the network of public charging stations, the app will reflect information supplied by OEMs, improving visibility and traffic at private charging points." Consumers will have a piece of mind knowing that if they need to charge their automobiles on the move, they can easily access information and make reservations at nearby stations."
"We need a large network of charging stations in key areas that are secure, well-lit, and well-covered, and where customers can charge their electric vehicles in under an hour," she added.
NITI Aayog released the E-AMRIT (Accelerated e-Mobility Revolution for India's Transportation) smartphone application in July to boost awareness of electric mobility. The software allows users to evaluate the benefits of electric vehicles, calculate savings, and stay up to date on changes in the Indian electric vehicle market and industry. It is presently available on Google Play for Android smartphones.
India is transitioning to EVs and increasing EV adoption across the country through subsidies and other initiatives aimed at promoting sustainable and clean mobility alternatives. Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways, recently revealed in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha that India has more than 13 lakh registered electric cars.
The CESL has announced plans to build 810 electric car charging stations as part of a public-private collaboration spanning 16 motorways and expressways totaling 10,275 kilometers across the country.
Among the selected routes are the Mumbai-Pune highway, the Ahmedabad-Vadodara highway, the Delhi-Agra Yamuna Expressway, the Eastern Peripheral Expressway, and the Hyderabad ORR Expressway, and the Agra-Nagpur Highway. These charging stations are scheduled to open within the next 6-8 months.