Electric mobility is disrupting the traditional transportation landscape, and the rise of electric vehicles (EVs) worldwide shows no signs of slowing down. Bloomberg NEF forecasts that EVs will account for 58% of global passenger car sales by 2040, indicating that the EV market will only grow.
However, a survey by the World Economic Forum highlights the issue of inadequate charging infrastructure as a significant barrier to EV adoption, with 90% of respondents citing it as a concern. Despite the growth in the number of public charging stations, there is a pressing need for innovative solutions to optimize the EV charging network.
To address this issue, researchers and industry players are continuously exploring innovative solutions to improve the EV charging network. Among them is Indian researcher Ashwin K Venkitaraman, who has made significant strides in EV charging network optimization.
Optimizing the charging network
Venkitaraman's research paper, titled "Electric Vehicle Charging Network Optimization using Multi-Variable Linear Programming and Bayesian Principles," was presented and published at the 2022 3rd International Conference on Smart Technologies in Computing, Electrical, and Electronics. The paper highlights advanced techniques such as multi-variable linear programming and Bayesian principles to optimize the EV charging network. By utilizing these techniques, Venkitaraman aims to improve the accessibility, reliability, and efficiency of EV charging infrastructure.
Local governments and municipalities can now make data-driven decisions regarding the placement and number of EV charging stations thanks to Venkitaraman's research. This has resulted in significant cost savings, optimized resource allocation, and maximized utilization of the charging stations.
His research findings also include advice based on data that takes the environment and existing structures into account. "While making decisions on EV charging stations, it is essential to conduct extensive due diligence to prevent the displacement of trees, people, or any natural or man-made structures," Venkitaraman explains.
More accessible architectural designs
Venkitaraman's impact goes beyond theoretical advancements and practical implications. In the 2021-2022 fiscal year alone, the EV charging infrastructure projects he consulted on created over 7,000 direct and indirect jobs and generated INR 3.5 crores in revenue. His optimization strategy has made architectural designs more accessible and flexible, earning him praise from industry experts like Mr. Vishwas, a leading architect and founder of Crest Studios in Bangalore.
Two-wheelers, four-wheeled passenger vehicles, and long-haul trucks all benefit from Venkitaraman's contributions to different charging stations. His innovative ideas and tireless efforts have garnered recognition at the national level, with his nomination for the prestigious India Achievers Forum Awards. His research is also queued for publication in IEEE, making it widely available.
Contribution to job creation and architectural design
Venkitaraman's innovative ideas and research have substantially contributed to the EV industry, optimizing the charging network and generating employment opportunities. State government bodies and prestigious organizations have acknowledged his efforts and his research is scheduled to be published in a prominent journal, further solidifying his impact on the field.
Venkitaraman's work highlights the importance of responsible innovation and research, emphasizing the need to ground technological advancements in a deep sense of responsibility towards the community and the environment. His commitment to the responsible deployment of EV charging stations is an inspiring example for other researchers and industry players seeking to optimize the EV charging network while preserving ecological sustainability.