ARAI developed charger for Electric Vehicles

The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) has developed its indigenous charger for electric vehicles (EV) in order to give a push to EV ecosystem in India.

Key Points

  • According to ARAI Director, Reji Mathai, in order to promote EVs, infrastructure for charging is important.
  • Currently, in India, mobility chargers are imported. So, ARAI focused on developing these indigenous chargers. These chargers are cost-effective and boost the local economy.
  • ARAI has developed indigenous technology for EV charger called AC001. It has been taken up for manufacturing and promotion by the Bharat Electronics.
  • Charging points will be set up by Bharat Electronics while the parts for EV charger systems like Type 1, Type 2, CCS & CHAdeMO will be manufactured locally.
  • Apart from that, ARAI is setting up its new centre in Takwe because, ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistant System) vehicles and cylinder testing centres requires dedicated space.
  • Investments of around Rs 500 crore will be made in a phased manner in next 3-4 years to set up this centre.
  • ARAI is currently negotiating with Telangana and Kerala governments to set up such centres.

Cost of the chargers

Cost of the EV chargers is expected to be in between Rs 50000 to Rs 60000.


ARAI recently signed a deal with Bharat Electronics Limited on EV chargers. As per the deal, ARAI will provide the complete know-how of the charges while Bharat Electronics will manufacture them.

Symposium on International Automotive Technology (SIAT) 2021

SIAT 2021 will be organised by ARAI in association with SAEINDIA and SAE International (U.S.). It will be held from September 29 to October 1, 2021, under the theme ‘Redefining Mobility for the Future’.


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