The region of Ladakh in India is a naturally scenic place begging to be explored. The area boasts roads that are among the highest above sea level and are drivable in the world. Other tourist attractions include ecological marvels, majestic mountain formations, and ancient Buddhist sites.
However, electric vehicle owners may hesitate to explore this wonder of nature because of the fear of running out of battery in the middle of nowhere. PowerBank, an EV charging solutions brand, is installing a network of EV charging stations along the Manali-Leh route to eliminate this range anxiety.
The brand is owned jointly by Lithium Urban Technologies and Fourth Partner Energy, based in Hyderabad. The latter is a solar company.
A total of 20 chargers have been installed, with 18 of them being type 1 chargers while the remaining two are type 2. The chargers span a distance of 1,118 miles. They will charge various kinds of electric vehicles, including motorcycles, tri, and four-wheeled vehicles.
15 of the 18 chargers are located above 10,000 feet above sea level
As the first drivers to take advantage of the chargers, the installation crew drove from one site to another in electric cars that they charged at the latest station before going to install at the next site. It took the team ten days to cover the whole stretch.
With increased tourist interest in the area, the risk of environmental pollution has risen as visitors explore using ICE vehicles that produce carbon emissions. However, with this achievement, nature lovers can enjoy what the region has to offer without leaving a trail of pollution.
Below is the complete list of locations where the PowerBank branded chargers have been installed:
- Urvashi’s retreat in Manali
- Ride Inn Cafe and resort in Manali
- The Ambika HP fuel outlet in Manali
- The Unicorn Hotel in Khangsar
- 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 KargilNubra Organic Retreat at Nubra
- Cafe-wala Chai at Nubra
Sanjay Krishnan, the founder of Lithium Urban Technologies, was quoted as saying:
“Through this initiative, PowerBank’s primary goal is to ensure that we convert at least 50% of the vehicular traffic to EVs and significantly reduce tailpipe emissions in the Ladakh regions in the next 36-48 months. We also seek to bring about a paradigm shift in how people perceive EVs – by addressing apprehensions around the availability of energy for long hauls and overnight road trips.”
Vivek Subramanian, co-founder and executive director of Fourth Partner Energy, said:
“India is making significant strides on the EV manufacturing front, but there is a lot of ground to cover on the infrastructure front. Through PowerBank, we are looking to cover the length and breadth of the country with accessible, affordable EV charging points that are easy to use.”
Our chargers are integrated with an app that enhances the customer’s EV experience. Eventually, the goal is to power these chargers using renewable energy from the grid. For the PowerBank team, the successful installation of these chargers reflects our execution expertise – if we can electrify India’s toughest terrain, the rest of the country is just work-in-progress.”
PowerBank maintains charging points at more than 50 locations in 10 cities all over India. They serve EV owners in Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, and Kolkata. The brand is also teaming up with fuel station network HPCL to install over 100 charging stations at its India stations.
The battery charging brand estimates it has enabled about 10 million kilometers of battery-powered driving since its inception.