India is expected to see booming sales and investment of electric two-wheelers, which, compared to cars, have less concerns about range issues. The world's largest two-wheeler market is catching the global trend of electrification with its mainstream transport: scooter.
Ola Electric, the spin-off business from India's unicorn Ola, owns the largest e-scooter factory in the world and is building the world's largest charging network for e-scooters in India. According to Ola's official release, the Hypercharger Network already has built 100,000 charging points across 400 cities in India.
TVS Motors, in collaboration with Tata Power, is building a charging network that will also provide solar power installations across the country. Tata Power already has deployed charging points at more than 5,000 households and 700 public chargers in 120 Indian cities.
Another Indian e-scooter startup Hero Electric plans to increase the total charging points from 1,650 to 20,000 by the end of 2022. Bajaj Auto, the fourth largest two-wheeler maker in India, has set up an EV subsidiary as well, but has yet to provide a clear infrastructure roadmap.
Large-scale infrastructure is not a one man job. In addition to investment from the private sector, the government will need to provide corresponding support.