Driving an EV up a mountain is a battery-sapping venture; and taking on Leh would be near impossible. Now, however, a drive to the roof of the world is going to be a lot easier with the Manali-Leh route electrified with a total of 18 EV chargers.
Lithium Urban Technologies and Power Bank EV charging solutions say they have successfully installed charging points spaced out every 100km. The chargers are not fast chargers and have a standard output of 3.3kwh, however, these will certainly help motorists top up along the way and drastically reduce range anxiety on this difficult route.
Driving up to set up the chargers, the team used MG ZS EVs, thus making the MG EV one of the first EVs to drive up to Leh. In 2019, Tata Motors also took its Nexon EV up to Leh in a promotional drive just prior to its launch and used 15amp wall outlets and at times an emergency mobile generator.