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Yamuna Expressway – India’s first electric highway, green corridor will start this year

According to reports, the government plans to launch the electric corridor to the public on December 25, making it the country’s first green roadway.

The government of India, in collaboration with Morris Garages (MG Motor India), tested the e-highway Yamuna Expressway between Delhi and Agra in 2020. Several MG ZS EVs took part in the test to see if the Yamuna Expressway might be used as an e-corridor for public EV transit. The pilot was a success, and it concentrated on expressway charging infrastructure as well as roadside assistance services along a famous tourist route.

According to reports, the government plans to launch the electric corridor to the public on December 25, making it the country’s first green corridor. The construction followed the laying of the foundation stone for the proposed Noida International Airport. The Uttar Pradesh government plans to connect the Noida Airport to a number of cities, and Jewar is located right on the Yamuna Expressway.

While both carmakers and the government have established charging stations in Delhi-NCR, Agra just has one, which is installed by MG Motor. The MG ZS EV may be charged at Agra’s rapid 60 kW DC charger. Fast chargers are now being installed on the expressway by the government and commercial companies to alleviate range anxiety and encourage the use of electric vehicles on the green corridor. Using DC chargers, one may readily charge an electric car’s battery up to 80% in about an hour.

The MG ZS EV, which was recently modified, has a real-world mileage of 350 kilometres per charge (claimed mileage of 437 kilometres per charge). The distance between Delhi and Agra, on the other hand, is merely 220 kilometres. With no range issues, one may fully charge the battery overnight, travel to Agra, fast charge the ZS in Agra, and then return. Tata, in addition to MG, is trying to build many chargers around India, with the Tata Nexon being the most popular electric vehicle in the country.

“The ZS EV has a range of 340 kilometres on a single charge and is excellent for Delhi-Agra commutes,” Rajeev Chaba, president and managing director, MG Motor India, stated at the time of the trial. We believe that installing charging infrastructure along India’s major highways will raise customer awareness and help address range-related concerns.”

In addition, EV chargers will be erected in Greater Noida, which serves as the gateway to the Yamuna Expressway, with the first charging station for electric vehicles (EVs) expected to open in two weeks and a total of 100 planned for the city.

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