Ather AC and DC charger: The nation’s first-ever locally produced AC and DC Combined Charging connector standard for light-duty electric vehicles has been authorised by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). Designed and engineered in India, partly by Ather Energy, this is also the world’s first combined AC and DC charging connector standard for light-electric vehicles. The fact that different people had different connector standards was a serious problem that the electric vehicle sector was facing. It appears that Ather has finally provided a true answer to this issue.
What Swapnil Jain the co-founder of Ather Energy said?
“After a lot of work with the committee about a month back, this was finalised that the charging connector, which we had developed, is something that suits Indian needs the most, and helps with all sorts of requirements. Maybe not just two-wheelers, maybe even micro four-wheelers,” Jain said. Since it can take AC current, DC current and even fast charging current, it incorporates all sorts of safety norms, which are required from an international standards perspective, and also allows for integration of payment systems. “Now that this has been approved, we are starting to work with various ministries and departments to ensure that for all the two-wheeler requirements, it will be this same connector itself. I think that is the next line of work that we have”.
Ather AC and DC charger: What is the need?
Ather now has roughly 1,500 fast charging stations, but co-founder Swapnil Jain of Ather Energy anticipates that number to treble once the standard is implemented. Because each person had a private design, he clarified, no outsider could enter and build up the infrastructure. In other words, this will essentially open up the market for expanding the number of fast charging stations and even slow charging stations across the nation. At the same time, independent charging station operators can create charging stations.