One of the country’s leading electric vehicle manufacturer has also shown interest in this new technology and is ready to develop a full-fledged commercial product that can be applied to existing electric vehicles, the team claimed without naming the company.
“The rising prices of petrol and diesel in the country is worrisome for the common man. Amidst the rising cost of petroleum products and rising pollution levels, electric vehicles (EVs) are the best alternative to conventional IC engines but lack of high power off board charging infrastructure forces automakers to incorporate onboard chargers into the vehicle itself,” said Rajeev Kumar Singh, Chief Project Investigator, IIT BHU.
“The vehicle owner can charge the vehicles through the outlet and hence, this leads electric vehicles become very expensive. In the proposed onboard charger technology, we are reducing one additional power electronics interface required for propulsion mode and, therefore, the components involved are reduced by 50 pc. The proposed charger is reconfigurable that can act as a charger for charging mode and inverter for propulsion mode,” he told PTI.
Singh explained that because of this technology, the cost of the onboard charger will be reduced by almost 40-50 pc in comparison with the existing one.
“The cost reduction in the charger will subsequently reduce the cost of the EV as well. In this way, the proposed technology is giving low cost technology for EVs.
“The technology will be completely indigenous and will have a significant impact on driving electric vehicles on Indian roads in a big way,” he said.
IIT BHU Director Pramod Kumar Jain said the techno-commercial, social, economic and environmental impact of technology will also be positive.
“The technology will improve charging infrastructure and support the government’s mission to bring electric vehicles on Indian roads,” he said.