India aims to have all-electric car fleet by the year 2030 and things have started moving. Recently, Mahindrda&Mahindra and Tata Motors were awarded contracts to supply 10,000 electric vehicles to EESL. Now NBCC, a blue-chip Government of India Navratna Enterprise under the Ministry of Urban Development has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Fortum, a leading clean-energy company based out of Finland, for developing electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the country.
The agreement covers all major activities in value chain from planning and designing to making investment and operating the charging infrastructure using cloud based system. As a first step, Fortum has installed one 22 KW AC charger as a pilot in NBCC premises in New Delhi, which shall be operated using Fortum’s cloud-based system.
India has currently only about 6,000 electric cars. The government of India has the target to have only e-vehicles by 2030 that needs to be backed by an extensive infrastructure of charging stations. Fortum has ventured in India making it the first country outside Europe in the Charge & Drive space. The plans include developing charging infrastructure along with the cloud-based system (SAAS). Starting with this pilot in New Delhi, Charge & Drive plan to roll out more than 150 charging stations over a period of next 12–18 months.
According to some reports, the government is also looking to invites bids for 4,000 charging stations in Delhi NCR alone. Some private players also showing interest in this direction recently, Tata Power installed their first Electric Vehicle charging station at Vikhroli, Mumbai. There are also reports that the Indian arm of Swiss power equipment and robotics company ABB has submitted a bid to provide 4,500 charging points as part of the government’s tender to procure electric vehicles to push cleaner transport.