Fortum Charge & Drive and Plug Mobility to set up 3,200 EV charging points in India
Plug Mobility from Carzonrent India has partnered with Fortum Charge & Drive India (Fortum C&D) to provide charging infrastructure for Carzonrent fleet of 19,000 cars to be inducted over the next 5 years across India. Fortum C&D will set up 3,200 charging points for Plug Mobility during this period to support energy requirement of the fleet.
As part of the agreement, a total of 3,200 DC001 and CCS Charging Point chargers will be deployed in 79 cities and towns across India. The charging infrastructure will be used for Carzonrent’s recently launched EV fleet brand “Plug” and it will also be available for the general public to charge their Electric cars. Fortum C&D will set up and operate the charging points at its own cost and will install the charging stations gradually. The capacity of the deployed chargers will be over 100,000 KW.
Awadhesh Jha, Executive Director, Fortum Charge & Drive India added, “Fleet aggregators and large logistics companies are looking for cost-effective and environment-friendly solutions. We are now building a viable solution to cater to this enormous market. 4W passenger vehicle segment contributes significantly to Indian GDP. Decarbonisation of this segment will go a long way in mitigating air pollution of Indian cities. This partnership with Carzonrent is a perfect collaborative step between supply and demand side users of EV Charging network.”
Commenting on the same, Sanjay Aggarwal, President, Fortum India said, “With government subsidies, affordability, and incentives provided to consumers, EV production and usage is picking up pace. Adoption of EVs in India on a larger scale can bring in economic as well as environmental benefits for the country as a whole. The conversation about net zero targets, zero-emission vehicles, and the ‘right’ way to decarbonize transport is gearing up.”
Speaking on the Partnership, Rajiv Kumar Vij, Managing Director Carzonrent India said, “Carzonrent will provide a chauffeur-driven EV fleet through its initiative Plug for different ground mobility needs and our aim is on saving 4 lac tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in the next five years by introducing 19,000 EVs across India to service corporate business travel and employee transportation, guest and crew/staff movement requirement for Hospitality and Aviation sector, official travel requirement of Central and State Government and PSU entities, Airport Taxi services and SME clients.”
The charger can be accessed by an EV user using Fortum C&D’s Mobile App. The process to use these electric vehicle charging stations requires registration on the part of the customers which will be carried out by Fortum by including basic details including driver details, time of charging, duration of charging, cost of charging, charger details, state, etc. The same details will be fed into the system to use for authentication and further analysis of EV usage and patterns. Using EV charging stations will require two-step authentication using a QR code generated for the specific car and verification of the same, after which it will be a smooth sailing charging process.