Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Thiruvananthapuram
Shayma Shamim

Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of the Indian state of Kerala. This area was named 'Evergreen City of India' by Mahatma Gandhi. Trivandrum is considered one of the ten greenest cities in India. Known for its culture, tradition, and enchanting atmosphere, Trivandrum is a hotbed of technology. Overall, Trivandrum is an important city in the country from the point of view of business, culture, education, economy, etc. According to folk beliefs, Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram is named after the orphan (Sheshnag), which is the vehicle and seat of Lord Vishnu. The city got its name from Thiruvananthapuram, the Sri Padmanabha Swamy temple located here. According to other beliefs, Parashurama had fought with Samudra Dev for this place. The city of Trivandrum, situated on seven hills, is a very important place from the point of view of tourism, where Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram Observatory, Zoo, Napier Museum, Shanghumukham Beach, Kovalam Beach, Attukal Devi Temple, etc. Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport, which is at a distance of about 4 kilometres from the city. From here flights are made to all the big cities of the country and abroad. Manzil can be reached by bus or car from Thiruvananthapuram airport to visit this city. Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Trivandrum city, from where the bus or private vehicles are easily available to reach the city. Apart from this, there are four other railway stations in Trivandrum city namely Thiruvananthapuram Petta, Kochuveli, Veli, Thiruvananthapuram Nemam, from where trains run regularly for cities like Calcutta, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, etc. The city of Trivandrum is connected to many major cities of the country by national highways. National Highway No 47 can be used to go to Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram by road. The city has 7 major bus depots - City Depot, Vikas Bhavan, Peroorkada, Pothencode, Kaniyapuram, Vellanad. State Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses run from here to other cities.

50 E-Buses will start running in 2022 across the city

The Kerala State Road Transport Authority (KSRTC) has decided to operate electric buses in all major cities in the state, after which 50 electric buses will operate in Thiruvananthapuram from the starting of 2022. KSRTC will launch these buses in Kochi and Kozhikode after Thiruvananthapuram. As per the reports, the city's new transport links will use electric and natural gas buses. The tendering process is in the final phase. Diesel city buses are being taken out of service and replaced by green buses. The state government has announced a Rs 300 crore project to convert the Rs 3,000 KSRTC bus into CNG buses. The width of all the approved buses will be 9 meters. Rs.100 crores have already been approved for this project to speed up the process of conversion of traditional buses into e-buses.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Thiruvananthapuram

1. EESL Charging Station

Address: ISPW station 695014, Housing Board, Thycaud, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695014

EESL develops a charging network and ecosystem for electric vehicles. It has signed MoUs with the Chennai Metro Rail Corporation (CMRL).To date, EESL has submitted 68 public charging ports and is currently active nationwide. It has DC-001/AC-001 chargers installed at 8 places across the city. 

2. KSEB Charging Station

Address: 2071, Punnen Rd, Statue, Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695001

It is an electric charger that is installed by the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) across the city of Thiruvananthapuram. It has a charging capacity of 80 kW and it can charge 3 electric vehicles simultaneously. As per reports, it takes 1 hour to fully charge an electric car. 

3. TATA Charging Station

Address: Behind Milma Dairy, Eanchakkal Kovalam Bypass Road, Ambalathara, Thiruvallam, pathanpally, Poonthura, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695026

Tata Power EV ecosystem is expanding in many cities in India. TATA power is the company's safest and most secure electric vehicle charging network which includes 1) different cost standards and specifications, 2) different electric vehicle manufacturers and models, 3) public electric vehicle cost, electric vehicle cost, and more. It also supports multiple-use issues and analyzes costs for electric vehicle charging stations for homes and business premises. Search on Google Maps for more TATA EV charging stations in the city.

Choosing the right electric scooter

1. Study your needs in km!

To choose your electric scooter, it is important to carefully assess your daily journeys, both now and in the years to come.

2. A lithium battery or nothing

All new scooters you will find on the market feature Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology. Having supplanted lead-acid, nickel-cadmium (NiCd), and nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH), the lithium battery is lighter, less bulky, easier to charge and its autonomy is longer.

3. A removable battery or nothing

Prefer a removable battery, it is much more practical. You don't have time to roam the city looking for a charging station. A removable battery can be removed from the vehicle, transported like a briefcase, and plugged into any outlet. Do you have big, intensive trips? Never mind, choose a dual battery system.

4. The number of charge cycles

College-high school physics classes: Ah, V, kWh! Basically, the higher these numbers, the greater the range of the vehicle, and the vehicle will be fun to drive.

Ah = Ampere per hour. It is an indicator of the battery capacity, therefore of the range of the vehicle.

V = The voltage measured in Volts. The higher it is, the more lively and pleasant the vehicle will be to drive (more nervous) kWh = KiloWatt hour = V x AH, all divided by 1000. The higher this figure, the better the range. 

5. Rated power

Expressed in W or kW, this is the main data to be taken into account, which indicates whether the vehicle has good acceleration, good climbing capacity, quickly reaches its top speed, etc. It is also the one that determines the category of your scooter and therefore the ecological bonus of the state from which you will benefit.

6. Engine brands

As with the battery, you will want to check the make of the motor. Engines are made by manufacturers whose reputations you often know. This can give you a valuable indication of the reliability, power, robustness, and longevity of your machine.

7. Peak power

Also called peak power, this is the maximum power that an engine can achieve over a very short period of time. Electric scooters have one obvious advantage: they are less complex machines than other vehicles. But you won't get far with just a motor and a battery! There is also everything else. Here are some tips for comparing the quality of different models down to the smallest detail.

7. Braking equipment

Most of the selected models are equipped with front and rear hydraulic disc brakes with a CBSABS function and braking energy recovery function.

9. Wheel size

Most scooters come with 10-14 inch wheels. Larger wheels are more suitable for extra-urban roads and offer better handling. 

10. The frame and the fork

They are decisive in assessing stiffness and weight. The frame can be made of heavy-duty steel alloys, chromium-molybdenum alloys, aluminium alloys, or composite materials.

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