Panasonic is a Japanese electronics giant who is lining up to set up a mega electronic vehicle power grid in 25 major cities in India and planning to set up 1 lakh charging stations and telematic solutions by 2024 to power up most of the electric vehicles in India. Panasonic is one of the key partners for the American electric car maker Tesla. They are planning to set up mini charging facilities at malls, petrol pumps, parking lots, especially in at developed zones across the major cities like Delhi, Pune, Banglore, Amaravathi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Noida and Ghaziabad.
Manish Sharma, president & CEO of Panasonic India said, “We feel that the clean energy and electric vehicle space is going to see a massive growth in the coming years, and Panasonic wants to be ready with a matching infrastructure to power the new-generation, cleaner vehicles,”. With their network they have planned to reach individual electric vehicle users , fleet owners , e- commerce and logistics company owners to manage their vehicles efficiently. They have planned to expand their network by franchise model.
The telematic solution has been developed at the company’s R & D facilities India.It will be pitched to utility providers and manufacturers of vehicles. The current infrastructure is developed in a way to power electric two and three wheelers and further they will be planning on extending their infrastructure for other vehicles. Manish Sharma also said, “The service comes equipped with telematics sensors on the vehicles, allowing users to generate real-time data and report from continuous operation, thus enabling them to use their fleet in the most efficient way,”.
The Cognitive systems are going to be a huge help for the fleet managers in monitoring their fleet performance and managing their entire lines of fleets, their battery usage and performance, monitoring vehicle data usage, avoiding unnecessary charging trips due to lack of charging and real-time data and more. “The cloud and app service also allows EV and fleet owners to easily search and navigate the nearest charging point, thus reducing logistical challenges,” said the Panasonic MD India. Although its clear that Panasonic is ready to implement their grid in India there is no information provided by Panasonic India on whether the company plan to setup lithium-ion battery plant in India.