“Charging into the Future”: Pune Roundtable Advocates Boosting EV Charging Infrastructure

In a bid to address the growing enthusiasm for electric vehicles (EVs) and tackle climate change concerns, a roundtable discussion titled ‘Charging into the Future’ emphasized the imperative need to enhance the entire EV charging infrastructure. The event took place at the MCCIA Bajaj Conference Hall on Senapati Bapat Road, Pune, on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. Organized by Pune International Centre (PIC) in collaboration with Prayas, Gokhale Institute’s Centre for Sustainable Development, and IESA (Indian Energy Storage Alliance), the roundtable aimed to craft solutions for the expansion of EV charging facilities.

Key participants in the discussion included Rajendra Pawar, Chief Engineer at MSEDCL; Manoj Kumar Daniel, Deputy General Manager (MMI and TP) at Maha Metro Rail Corporation Ltd, Pune; and Pankaj Tagalpallewar, Additional Director General of MEDA and Superintending Engineer at MSEDCL, among others.

IESA (India Energy Storage Alliance) provided valuable insights into the dynamic nature of the emerging EV charging industry, presenting data and perspectives on the challenges and opportunities it faces. Some highlighted challenges for EV adoption included the premium pricing, range anxiety, limited access to charging stations, insufficient capital investment, land acquisition and ownership issues, and public parking concerns. The presentation also covered the impact of EV charging on the grid, classification of charging locations, charging patterns, and station guidelines.

Key points discussed during the roundtable included the importance of customer-centric business models, charging rights, data collection for upcoming charging stations, security and safety of vehicles in public places, and future trends. Notably, participants delved into the need for charging infrastructure in existing societies and advocated for regulatory mandates in this regard.

The roundtable saw active participation from stakeholders representing MahaMetro, CPO Tech Middleware/System providers, solar and storage developers, site owners, SMG vendors, and energy analysts.

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