The joint venture is for developing EV charging infrastructure across India in all upcoming NBCC construction projects
Global EV industry stakeholders are now paying more attention to India's drive towards achieving full electro-mobility by the year 2030. An MoU has been signed between Fortum Oyj, a leading Finnish clean energy company in which the government of Finland owns 50.8 percent and NBCC (India), a Navratna government of India enterprise under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, for developing charging infrastructure across India in all upcoming NBCC construction projects.
All major activities from planning and designing to making the investment and operating the infrastructure using a cloud-based system are covered by the MoU.
One 22 KW AC charger has been installed by Fortum as a pilot project in New Delhi maintained by NBCC, to be operated using Fortum’s cloud-based system.
With a network of 1,480 smart chargers in Europe that Fortum Charge & Drive has, 500 are DC quick chargers. By providing a turnkey solution for B2B and B2G, its ‘Charge & Drive’ aims to respond to an increasing global demand in e-mobility, creating a public charging network as well as providing world-class cloud solutions for an interactive end-user interface.
“India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world,” said Kimmo Tiilikainen, Finland’s minister for Housing, Energy and the Environment. “While the rapid growth puts a strain on the environment, it also opens extensive opportunities. The technological expertise of Finnish companies can be leveraged to support the sustainable development of the Indian economy and energy sector. We are really happy to see Finnish companies bringing in their best technology and solutions to India.”
Arto Räty, senior VP, Corporate Affairs & Communications of Fortum said, “India is an important market for us. Fortum is a pioneer in providing charging solutions to electric vehicles. Solutions with reliable hardware and software as well as responsive customer support are crucial to the end user experience. We have developed Fortum Charge & Drive to meet these demands, paving the way for the more widespread and efficient use of electric vehicles.”
“Currently, India has about 6,000 electric cars operational and keeping in mind the Indian government’s target to have only e-vehicles by 2030, Fortum has ventured in India making it the first country outside Europe in the Charge & Drive space,” said Sanjay Aggarwal, MD, Fortum India. “The plans include developing charging infrastructure along with the cloud-based system (SAAS). Starting with this pilot in New Delhi, we plan to roll out more than 150 charging stations over a period of next 12-18 months.” Source: Autocar PWKD12102017