Shuchi Anant Virya, a joint venture formed by Lithium Urban Technologies and Fourth Partner Energy, has announced the establishment of an electric vehicle (EV) charging network along the Manali-Leh route in the Ladakh region. The charging stations have been installed at strategic locations such as the Urvashi’s retreat, Ride Inn Cafe and resort and the Ambika HP fuel outlet in Manali, the Unicorn Hotel and The Royal Enfield Showroom in Khangsar, Hotel Ibex and Padma Lodge in Jispa, Hermis Monastery, the Lato Guest house in Lato, the HP fuel outlets of Buddha Filling center and LAHDC in Leh, the Abduz and the Grand Dragon hotel in Leh, ,Hotel Kargil at Kargil, and Nubra Organic Retreat and Cafe-wala Chai at Nubra. At these locations, travellers can charge their electric automobiles overnight.
In under ten days, the PowerBank crew erected 18 EV charging stations across 1,800 kilometres, 15 of which were set up at elevations ranging from 10,000 to 14,000 feet above mean sea level. The chargers were a combination of Type-I and Type-II AC chargers for electric two, three, and four wheelers. As per a company statement, PowerBank’s primary goal is to convert at least 50 per cent of the vehicular traffic to EVs and significantly reduce tailpipe emissions in the Ladakh regions in the next 36 to 48 months.
The joint venture company has installed charging points in more than 50 locations across 10 Indian cities, including larger footprint charging hubs in Pune, Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Bangalore, and Kolkata, and has also partnered with fuel retailer HPCL to install more than 100 EV charging points across its retail outlets this fiscal.