Stepping into the 4th Industrial Revolution, Abhijeet Sinha presents how a major infrastructural project will be representative of the ‘New India’ we are building.

What can possibly be more important than your Pizza? Earth.

With the innovation age in its prime, the next big thing that the insatiable homo sapiens want is “Pizza and food delivery in 40 minutes”. But ‘why’ and ‘how’?

“Why” is because of the priority of ‘Comfort at the cost of Climate,’ the precedent for which we humans have set since Adam and Eve. It’s just a hereditary thing now. “How” is by putting more fuel based two-wheeler on the road in an already overcrowded city, which is getting listed in the ‘world’s most polluted cities’ category of every climate report. However, gene modification (innovation age, remember?) has now shifted the paradigm to E-mobility, green transport and Eco-friendly highways. Because our earth is more important than your pizza, ain’t it?

INDIA IS GOING TO BE BACK IN THE NEWS, BUT NOT FOR PIZZA DELIVERY THIS TIME. INSTEAD, FOR SOME REASONS THAT I AM REVEALING HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME.

It is the infrastructural shift to electric vehicles and for the National Highway for Electric Vehicles that will make the news. Along with this, the “delivery” of a backup within 30 minutes to all electric vehicle users in case of a highway break-down or EV shutdown in the first 500 km corridor between Jaipur-Delhi-Agra. The National Highway for Electric Vehicles by 2020 is a NITI Aayog and multi-ministerial program to convert national highways into Electric Vehicle Corridors by setting up charging stations at both sides. This is being done with the aim of bringing electric vehicles on the buying list of every fuel-based vehicle buyer. To deal with users’ “range anxiety”, charging stations shall be present on either side of the road every 50 km. Each charging station will be equipped with 50 km geofencing and emergency SOS services for vehicles under its circle. The ECU/BMS of EVs would be connected to the nearest station for real-time updates. As soon as the battery level would drop below 20% in an EV, the nearest station would prepare a standby breakdown backup vehicle and dispatch it to the EV breakup location if it stops before reaching the respective charging station. This technical deployment of breakdown services covers the 500 km stretch of NHEV from Jaipur to Delhi up to Agra and plays an important role in providing 100% assurance of on-road service to EV users against their “Range Anxiety”.

Currently, EVs are registered like other vehicles at the Regional Transport Offices (RTO). The only difference is that the colour of the issued number plates is green. Now, during Electric Vehicle Registration, registering offices will share EV registration data with the Anti Theft System for digitization. Similarly, when an EV would be reported stolen in any police station, the FIR would be forwarded to the nearest Cyber Crime Cell which would, in turn, forward it to the centrally located Anti Theft System. This system would be connected with both the Charging Grids and the Charging Stations through Network Service Providers. The next step would be flagging the stolen vehicle with BMS (Battery Management System) digital registration identity, which would restrict access to any charging stations, Web /App Or digital payment interfaces. The proposed Anti Theft System would meanwhile find the stolen vehicle faster than the time in which your pizza would be delivered.