The 1st CharIN India Conference successfully took place in New Delhi

With 110 participants from India and international EV markets, the 1st CharIN India Conference took successfully place on May 11th, 2018 in New Delhi to promote the future of e-mobility in India powered by the Combined Charging System (CCS).

Ceremonial lamp lighting to open the 1st CharIN India Conference

Participants of the panel discussion

The conference room of the India Habitat Center in New Delhi was full of people last Friday. 110 participants joined the 1st official CharIN event in India organized in cooperation with the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), the Society of Indian Automobile Manufactures (SIAM), the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) as well as the VDA (the German Association of the Automobile Industry).


Mr. Anil Shrivastava of NITI Aayog was the chief guest for the conference and he lit the ceremonial lamp along with Mr. A K Saxena (TERI), P K Banerjee (SIAM), Marius Ochel (VDA) and Dr. Isabell Schwenkert (CharIN). He delivered a key note on India’s ambitions to move to electric mobility. This was followed by a welcome note given by the Björn Grözinger, First Secretary Industrial Affairs of the German Embassy in India.


Technical presentations were given by:

  • Alekhya Datta, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) about “Grid-integration aspects for enabling Electric Vehicle Charging in India”
  • Dhivya Kumar, ABB India about “High Power Electric Vehicle Chargers”
  • Pankaj Batra, Central Electricity Authority about “Grid side Issues for Electric Vehicle Charging”
  • Pang Hai, Neusoft Reach Automotive about “Implementing CCS on vehicles”
  • Joerg Heuer, EcoG GmbH about “Smart EV charging with CCS” and
  • Volker Blandow, TÜV Süd with the title “overview of Asia EV market and conformance testing”


Moreover, Selvam Kandaswamy from Mahindra and CharIN SC member spoke about “Choosing a charging standard for Indian vehicles”, Saurabh Rohilla from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) gave an Indian market outlook for Electric Vehicles and Marius Ochel from the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA e.V.) presented their Indian activities.


The highlight of the event was the panel discussion with the title “Opportunities and Challenges in the Indian market for EV Charging” moderated by Sumantra Barooah, executive editor of Autocar Professional. Panelists were A. K. Saxena (The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)), Manuj Khurana (Invest India), Dr. Tapan Sahoo (Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.), Wybren van der Vaart (Asia Electric) and Volker Blandow (TÜV SÜD).


All participants valued the event as a good opportunity to get an overview of the technical side of EV charging powered by CCS and the constitutional background concerning the EV market and EV charging infrastructure in India. In addition to this, participants were also satisfied with the event for networking opportunities with numerous industry experts not only located in India but also in other countries in Asia and Europe.


After the official conference program, the opportunity for experts’ discussion was given and used by many participants of the EV market. A networking dinner in the evening was a perfect end of the day and the 1st official CharIN event in India.


Information about CharIN e.V.

The Charging Interface Initiative e.V. (CharIN e.V.) is a registered association with almost 130 members along the whole value chain from all over the world. It is open to all interested parties and has offices in Germany, Hong Kong, South Korea, India and the US.


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