Nagpur has become the first city in India to have an electric-vehicle charging station. Nagpur was also the first city to introduce electric public transportation in India.
The city, which is the country’s winter capital, is a sprawling metropolis and the third largest city of the Indian state of Maharashtra after Mumbai and Pune. Nagpur, the 13th largest city in terms of population in India, also happens to be the constituency of Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, who is leading the charge to meet India’s 2030 electric vehicle (EV) target. The lack of charging infrastructure is the biggest challenge being faced by India in pursuit of this goal.
The company behind India’s first electric-vehicle charging station is state-owned integrated oil company, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC).
India has nearly 56,000 fuel stations, which if necessary, can be converted to electric-vehicle charging stations.
According to estimates by JD Power and Ernst & Young, India’s share of the global passenger vehicle market will jump from 4% in 2010-11 to 8% in 2020, becoming the third largest in the world,