Delta is set­ting up plant in Tamil Nadu to make EV charg­ing prod­ucts

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Delta In­dia, a lead­ing power and en­ergy man­age­ment com­pany, is set­ting up a new fa­cil­ity in Kr­ish­na­giri, Tamil Nadu, to man­u­fac­ture wide range of EV charg­ing so­lu­tions. The first phase of the new plant is ex­pected to be op­er­a­tional by Q4 of 2020. “As of now, we are op­er­at­ing from our Ru­dra­pur fac­tory for the EV charg­ers and more than 100 charg­ers are made ev­ery month there. This is suf­fi­cient for us now. The new plant in Kr­ish­na­giri will help us move for­ward,” Ak­shaye Bar­bud­dhe, Busi­ness Head, EV Charg­ing So­lu­tions, Delta In­dia, said.

Delta, in In­dia since 2003, is a 100% sub­sidiary of Delta Elec­tron­ics (Thai­land) PCL. The com­pany op­er­ates in three busi­ness cat­e­gories: Power Elec­tron­ics, Au­to­ma­tion and In­fra­struc­ture. It has three man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties (Ru­dra­pur in Ut­tarak­hand, Gu­ru­gram and Ho­sur in Tamil Nadu), two R&D cen­tres (Gu­ru­gram and Bengaluru), 12 re­gional of­fices, and more than 200 chan­nel part­ners across In­dia. With the sup­port of its R&D and tech­ni­cal teams, Delta will man­u­fac­ture and sup­ply EV charg­ing prod­ucts that are spe­cific to the In­dian mar­ket.

“We have planned to in­crease the num­ber of engi­neers in R&D to 2000 by 2025. This will be done in the Ban­ga­lore fa­cil­ity,” Bar­bud­dhe said, Delta has es­tab­lished an E-Mo­bil­ity Tech-Lab at its Gu­ru­gram premises to

cre­ate in­dige­nous tech­nol­ogy ca­pa­bil­ity. It has also set up a plat­form where the com­pat­i­bil­ity of the charger with var­i­ous e-ve­hi­cle mod­els can be tested and the prod­uct qual­ity and com­pli­ance can be achieved. The E-Mo­bil­ity Tech-Lab com­prises AC & DC EV charg­ers, elec­tric ve­hi­cles, OCA cer­ti­fied Test­ing Tools, Charg­ing Process Sim­u­la­tors, Load Sim­u­la­tors and Charge Point Op­er­a­tor soft­ware plat­form.

Wit­ness­ing a wide­spread adop­tion of its Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle Charg­ing So­lu­tions in the coun­try, the com­pany is also en­cour­aged by the govern­ment’s fo­cus on driv­ing en­ergy ef­fi­ciency in the au­to­mo­tive sec­tor. Delta has as­so­ci­ated with sev­eral prom­i­nent cus­tomers in this space like Ma­ha­rash­tra Mantralaya, En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency Ser­vices Lim­ited (EESL), NTPC, Pow­erGrid Corporation Delhi, SDMC Of­fice, Gu­jarat Bha­van, Delhi, and the Union Min­istry of Health.

“The first few years of our jour­ney in In­dia

was just the­o­ret­i­cal. The prac­ti­cal work was started dur­ing the sec­ond half of last year. The EV has picked up good trac­tion with many pri­vate in­vest­ments, and a large push form the govern­ment. Last year, we cre­ated a small and medium-scale ecosys­tem. With this some States can take e-mo­bil­ity as a com­plete so­lu­tion. Our busi­ness de­vel­op­ment ef­fort has been very niche, and we take an ex­tra mile to cre­ate an ecosys­tem that builds a cus­tomised busi­ness model,” he said.

Delta has part­nered with the elec­tric ve­hi­cle startup, EV Mo­tors, to in­stall pub­lic charg­ing sta­tions: ‘PlugNGo’. EV Mo­tors plans to in­tro­duce 6500 charg­ing out­lets over the next 5 years. Ear­lier this year, Delta launched Mum­bai’s first DC Fast-Charger sta­tion at Ma­ha­rash­tra Mantralaya with a ca­pac­ity of 15 kW. It has been de­vel­oped on the Bharat EV spec­i­fi­ca­tions stan­dard.

AS an OEM, the com­pany has a good in­fra­struc­ture and a pan In­dia ser­vice pres­ence. “What­ever we have done in Ma­ha­rash­tra was a part of the EESL ini­tia­tive. We have a par­tial con­tract with them. We are work­ing in mul­ti­ple ecosys­tems and help­ing them with all tech­no­log­i­cal prod­ucts to set up own charg­ing sta­tions. Re­cently, we and our part­ner had a launch where they have set up a charg­ing sta­tion at DLF Cy­ber City in Gu­ru­gram. Many of such ecosys­tems are backed by our tech­nol­ogy and prod­ucts. Be­sides these, we are work­ing with OEMs in two-wheel­ers, three-wheel­ers, cars and busses. Even though the jour­ney is slow we are work­ing on it,” Bar­bud­dhe said.

Delta has set up mostly DC fast charg­ers and a few AC charg­ers. He said that it was a base­less as­sump­tion that fast charg­ing would af­fect the bat­tery. The nor­mal lead acid bat­tery can­not cope with the fast charg­ing and then the li-ion bat­tery came in. As tech­nolo­gies de­velop there will be dif­fer­ent so­lu­tions. Bar­bud­dhe said their ex­pe­ri­ence in work­ing with the OEMs across the globe would help them bring out very good prod­ucts. “This ex­pe­ri­ence will bring sat­is­fac­tion to the cus­tomers. On the tech­nol­ogy as­pect, we are adapt­ing global tech­nol­ogy in the lo­cal way. We have the scope to op­ti­mise cost and have a lo­cal ap­proach to it as the cus­tomers are dif­fer­ent in Europe and In­dia. We have ev­ery­thing right from tech­nol­ogy, man­u­fac­ture to ser­vice as­sem­bly and much more. When we come out with a prod­uct, our global team would have started that 5-7 years ear­lier. So, we are fu­tur­eready and ready for tech­nol­ogy adop­tion. We are part of the global stuff and we de­velop the prod­uct for the In­dian mar­ket. Our best part is hav­ing the global ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Delta has a clear idea about bat­tery swap­ping and con­sid­ers it as a op­ti­mum way of push­ing the e-mo­bil­ity for a cer­tain seg­ment of two-and three-wheel­ers. The com­pany is look­ing at this op­tion and has the so­lu­tion ready but has not con­verted it as a prod­uct yet. It may not be of­fered in the open mar­ket as the com­pany is plan­ning to part­ner with OEMs to bring this out. “We are work­ing with few OEMs and we are also in touch with some in­fra OEMs, who in­tern work with the ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers,” he said.

Delta prod­ucts are also ready to adopt green en­ergy so­lu­tions and can be con­nected to any en­ergy source. The com­pany is also strength­en­ing its man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties to of­fer EV DC Charg­ers up to 150kW and 350kW shortly. They will ad­here to all lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional stan­dards like CCS, CHAdeMO & GB/T. “EV is just in the ini­tial phase. The mar­ket is shap­ing up with core gen­er­a­tion. It will slowly take the ur­ban ar­eas first and then move to other ar­eas,” Bar­bud­dhe said.

Delta’s charg­ing so­lu­tion kit

Ak­shaye Bar­bud­dhe, Busi­ness Head, EV Charg­ing So­lu­tions, Delta In­dia

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