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Oct 12, 2021 | Travel News | 0 comments

The World’s Highest Motorable Pass gets EV Charging Points

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EV charging stations have been installed along the Manali-Leh highway in an effort to reduce traffic and pollution in the Himalayan region.

Shuchi Anant Virya’s flagship brand, Powerbank, has announced the installation of 18 EV charging stations along the Manali-Leh road in Ladakh. Five of these charging stations have been constructed at the world’s highest motorable passes, including Khar dung La, Taglang La, and Chang La.

15 out of the 18 charging stations were built at elevations ranging from 10,000 to 15,000 feet above sea level. The installation of the charging points along the 1800-kilometer-long Manali-Leh route was completed in just ten days.

Locations where the charging points have been installed are Nubra, Kargil, Pan, Turtuk, Pangong, and the newly opened destination for Indian tourists, the Siachen Base Camp. The chargers installed are a mix of Type-I and Type-II AC, designed for electric two, three, and four-wheelers.

These EV charging stations have been installed at strategic and convenient sites along the serene road, including Hermis Monastery in Leh, Grand Dragon Hotel in Kargil, and Nubra Organic Retreat and Cafe-wala Chai in Nubra Valley.

 

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Travelers may keep their electric vehicles charging overnight at these locations, or they might want to grab a quick bite to eat or rest while the vehicle charges.

“We set out on this journey with the aim of protecting the most fragile ecosystems in India, starting with Himachal and Ladakh,” Sanjay Krishnan, Founder, Lithium Urban Technologies was quoted as saying to a popular media outlet.

PowerBank hopes to convert at least half of the region’s automotive traffic to EVs over the next 36-48 months, lowering carbon emissions in the popular tourist destination.

“Through PowerBank, we hope to span the length and width of the country with accessible, inexpensive, and simple-to-use EV charging points,” stated Vivek Subramanian, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Fourth Partner Energy.

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