The Weekend Leader – Mobile app will soon provide real-time charging station data

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To ensure that motorists using electric vehicles have access to real-time data on the nearest active charging stations while on the move, the Office of Energy Efficiency (BEE) is developing a mobile application as well as a web portal to provide this information.

According to sources familiar with the developments, the app and web portal will provide traveling motorists with real-time information on the nearest active charging stations available on their route.

BEE is the central nodal agency for the development of such software and work on it is expected to be completed soon, additional sources said.

Power Ministry had issued guidelines for the development of such software in January this year.

Sources said the mobile app and web portal providing live data on charging infrastructure will help improve mobility services.

The government is also working on installing smart meters on utility poles at dedicated locations and creating small charging stations on highways, towns and even villages.

Electric vehicle owners would receive smart cards to charge their vehicle batteries anywhere.

BEE would develop these chargers, which would include chargers for charging light electric vehicles like two-wheelers and three-wheelers, sources said.

According to BEE, these chargers will have a built-in provision for metering and recording delivered electrical energy and a provision for charging electric vehicles upon user authentication through the mobile app.

Such chargers would be mounted on utility poles in public parking lots, sources said. -IANS

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