IIT Madras, India – In a significant stride towards fostering indigenous technology and accelerating Electric Vehicle (EV) adoption in India, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) witnessed the launch of the ‘Made-In-India’ 2KW DC Portable Charger. MeitY Secretary, Shri S Krishnan unveiled the innovative charger at the Centre of Excellence in IIT Madras Research Park.
Promoting Prime Minister Modi’s Vision
Addressing the gathering, Shri S Krishnan emphasized the importance of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Make in India, Make for the World.’ He highlighted that this vision could be achieved by developing indigenous technology and taking it forward through industry collaboration. This push towards self-reliance will contribute to making India ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat.’
Fostering Innovation and Synergy
Shri Krishnan further underscored the significance of designing technology in India, which would boost home-grown intellectual property and stimulate the startup ecosystem in the country. He praised IIT Madras Research Park as an internationally recognized brand, known for its innovation and promotion of new initiatives.
Reducing Dependence on Imported Solutions
This launch marks a substantial milestone in MeitY’s mission to accelerate Electric Vehicle adoption in India. And reduce the dependence on imported charging solutions. Currently, a significant portion of portable chargers used by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in India are imported. They arrive pre-programmed making them non-customizable in terms of voltage and current settings. Moreover, ensuring the proper functionality of these chargers demands careful consideration of thermal and mechanical design.
To tackle these challenges and encourage local manufacturing, the 2KW charger was meticulously designed and developed by the Centre of Excellence in Electric Transportation (CEET) at IIT Madras in collaboration with industrial partner Flowtrik Technologies.
About the IIT Madras and Flowtrik Tech 2KW DC Portable Charger
The project is funded by MeitY, Government of India. These chargers boast an impressive efficiency rate of over 95%. They can function at a maximum operating ambient temperature of 50 degrees Celsius. They come with safety features such as over-load protection, over-voltage protection, reverse polarity protection, and an in-built EMI/EMC filter. The chargers adhere to the safety standard IEC 60950-11 and also feature optional provisions for communicating with batteries for adaptive charging based on battery requirements.
Additionally, they have hooks for Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, enabling real-time tracking of charging-related parameters. One can customize the power output settings to meet the specific requirements of individual OEMs.
The Importance of ‘Make-In-India’ Chargers
The successful large-scale manufacturing and adoption of this ‘Made-In-India’ technology can significantly transform the portable charger market in India. This is in alignment with the nation’s commitment to self-reliance and technological advancement. MeitY’s initiative, in collaboration with IIT Madras, demonstrates the nation’s dedication to embracing innovation and sustainability in the realm of Electric Vehicles.