India’s largest EV charging network, announced the launch of Bolt Lite, India’s
first safest, smartest and most affordable universal EV charging socket. This
made-in-India Bolt Lite socket is compatible with all portable chargers that
come with any EV and works with the existing AC power supply at home. The Bolt
Lite charging sockets are available at an introductory price of Rs 2599.
to reports, more than 80% of EV owners charge their vehicles at home due to the
convenience and low cost of residential charging. Most EVs come with an
on-board charger which allows users to directly plug their vehicles into a
standard 15A charging socket. However, apart from being slow and least energy
efficient, these sockets do not offer any direct safety or monitoring features
and are not recommended for long term EV charging.
charging at home using a standard 15A socket can result in sudden power surges
which can damage the EV battery. News reports of EV batteries bursting into
fire and creating blazes in India have been mostly due to the owner not knowing
how to charge a battery safely. Additionally, EV users also face challenges
with power theft, access control and unidentified energy consumption in shared
Lite is compatible with two, three and four wheel EVs and requires no
additional infrastructure and can be installed in under 30 minutes with little
to no maintenance. It offers dual-layer of protection with an in-built MCB that
automatically switches off electrical circuits during any abnormal condition in
the electrical network such as overload and short circuit conditions.
Furthermore, the smart energy meter provides bifurcation for energy consumed by
the Bolt Lite charging socket vs. the power supply of the home via the Bolt
Lite is IP65 certified and therefore
provides complete protection from dust, oil, water and other non-corrosive
material and can endure all weather conditions. Not only does Bolt Lite give an
efficient power transfer, users also get faster charging to help ensure their
EV is fully charged overnight.
Lite is India’s first smart charging socket that is IoT-enabled and helps
connect EV users across the country. It comes with an energy calculator to
monitor the power consumption and gives the user access to a lifetime of
passive income. Owners can choose to switch the device status between ‘Public’
and ‘Private’, where ‘Public’ charging sockets are open to the public and are available
for booking on the Bolt app. The charging sockets marked as ‘Private’ are
exclusively for the use of device owners. Furthermore, Bolt Lite can be
operated with or without the Bolt app and supports both Bluetooth Low Energy
(BLE) and WiFi communication. When set to private mode, Bolt Lite does not
require the internet or the Bolt app to be operated.
Yadav, Cofounder, Bolt, noted, “As of today, the number of EVs sold in India
has already surpassed the number of EVs overall sold in 2021. A robust and
pervasive charging infrastructure, both at home and in public spaces is key for
rapid adoption of EVs in India. At Bolt, we first solved the issue of public
charging of EVs by installing 15,000+ Bolt charging points in 300+ cities. The
current usage of a standard 15A socket to charge EVs at home can damage the
vehicle, battery and the charger due to uncontrolled charging, exposure to
extreme temperatures or unexpected power surges. Now with Bolt Lite, we are addressing
the various challenges faced by a user while charging EV at home and have
designed an affordable solution which enables safe and smart charging at home.
We envisage Bolt Lite charging sockets in the home of every EV user across
India and are committed to making EVs smart, safe, connected and ready for the
was founded in 2017 by Mohit Yadav and Jyotiranjan Harichandan with the aim of
making electric vehicles more accessible, smart, safe, and connected. Bolt is
the world’s largest EV charging network, comprising the universal Bolt charging
socket and the Bolt operating system.
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