November 16, 2017

AC2SG Software electrifies India

The Indian government wants to stop the sales of internal combustion engine vehicles by the end of 2030.
The Indian government wants to stop the sales of internal combustion engine vehicles by the end of 2030.
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Finnish company AC2SG Software has undertaken network planning for a charging station project in India under the guidance of NITI Aayog.

Now, NITI Aayog has published a proposal for 135 charging stations in the Delhi National Capital Region to speed up electric vehicle adoption in India. This would be the biggest electric vehicle charging network in India so far.

In April, the Indian government announced its aim to stop the sales of internal combustion engine vehicles by the end of 2030. As a part of this effort, NITI Aayog has commenced a series of actions to ensure that the necessary charging station capacity is available as the adoption of electric vehicles advances.

The main challenges are the geographical coverage of the charging station network, the choice of the right types of charging stations and the optimisation of the construction costs.

“At this stage the planning work primarily focuses on these issues and ensures that the early-stage charging station network is ‘fit for purpose’,” says Jaakko Aho, managing director of AC2SG Software. “Early user experiences and feedback are fundamentally important for the successful uptake of electric vehicles, therefore ensuring user satisfaction and seamless user experience are the key focus areas for the planning.”

Aho calls the project “very interesting and challenging”.

“The planning that we have done in Finland and elsewhere has not had the scale that Delhi has and the challenges are somewhat simpler,” he adds. “However, working in co-operation with NITI Aayog we have been able to resolve the issues and come up with solutions to these challenges.”

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