Category Archives: Tamil Nadu

Growth of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in India

The growth of the electric vehicle industry in India directly depends on the availability or shortage of charging stations in the country. As part of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME) India programme, the government has approved a plan to establish 2,636 charging stations throughout the country to further encourage the use of EVs and produce high adoption by 2030 in India.

According to this report, of the 2,636 stations:

  1. Rapid charging stations = 1,633
  2. Maharashtra = 317
  3. Andhra Pradesh = 266
  4. Tamil Nadu = 256
  5. Uttar Pradesh = 207
  6. Rajasthan = 205
  7. Delhi and Chandigarh = around 70

It is expected that at least one charging station will be available in most of the selected cities in a grid of 4 km x 4 km. Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL), an energy service provider owned by the Indian government is all set to collaborate with engineering group Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) to build electric-vehicle charging stations throughout India.

Various community charging stations and businesses are taking on the initiative of increasing the accessibility of these stations. Tata Power established the first set of Electric Vehicle charging stations in Mumbai and are now present in Delhi and Hyderabad.

PluginIndia wants to popularize the concept of community charging stations with the idea for businesses/resorts/vacation homes etc, that are at a distance of 40-70 km around cities, to setup normal 15 Amp charge points or Smart EVSE for electric cars and next-generation electric bikes. Having successfully set up 257 Community Charging Stations across India, they have developed a mobile app by the community for the community, complete with Google Maps integration.

RE:CHARGE INDIA App Features

  1. Find electric vehicle charge points near your location
  2. Browse electric vehicle charge points on a Map
  3. Search for charge points
  4. View electric vehicle charge points details
  5. Get driving directions from your location to an electric vehicle charge point
  6. Call phone number directly from the app
  7. Report an electric vehicle charge point
  8. Add a new electric vehicle charge point

Get the App:
Android – Recharge India – EV Charging points map

App Store – RE:CHARGE

All of these efforts have one goal – that easier access would encourage more use; and the faster that EVs become a trend, the better for the environment.

Tamil Nadu Day

On November 1, 2019, six decades since the Linguistic Reorganisation of States in 1956, Tamil Nadu state formation day – Tamil Nadu Day – was celebrated.

A little bit of history:

The history of Tamil Nadu begins from the mid-17th century to 1946, with British-controlled Madras Presidency and the rise and fall of British power in India. After India’s independence in 1947, the Madras Presidency became the Madras State. In 1953, Madras was divided; the Telugu-speaking areas separated and formed part of the new state of Andhra Pradesh. With other areas making up the new state of Kerala and some becoming part of Mysore, in 1956. Officially the Madras State was formed on November 1st, 1956 and it was renamed Tamil Nadu in 1968.

Fun Trivia about Tamil Nadu: Did you know?

  • Tamil is the official language of this state, as well as Sri Lanka and Singapore.
  • Tamil is the first Indian language to attain Classical Language status by UNESCO
  • The Brihadeswara temple at Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu is the World’s first granite temple
  • Kallanai Dam, also known as the Grand Anicut, is the oldest dam in India constructed around 100 BC and the first dam in the world built across the Kaveri River in Trichy. The dam is still functioning to this day.
  • Subramanya Temple is the oldest temple in Tamil Nadu. It was uncovered in 2005, after being uncovered by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami waves. Archaeologists discovered rock inscriptions close to the hamlet of Saluvankuppam,
  • The Tamil language holds the spot of oldest living language, since the oldest language, Latin, is no longer in use. It is also the only language that is personified as a god.
  • Chennai’s Marina Beach is the second longest urban beach in the world, stretching for 6km
  • Higginbothams Book Shop on Mount Road, Chennai, is India’s first and oldest book shop started in 1844
  • The game of Snooker was invented at the Ootacamund club in Ooty in 1875
  • Chennai is nicknamed the “Detroit of Asia”, or the “Detroit of India”, due to the major automobile manufacturing units and industries around the city. The 4-wheeler vehicles in Chennai is the base of 30% of India’s automobile industry and 35% of its automobile component industry

There is no denying that Tamil Nadu is rich in culture, diversity, tradition, art, cuisine and many, many more attributes that make it the beautiful land that it is. We are indeed proud to be Tamilian!
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