New Delhi, 5th October 2017
Fortum Oyj, a leading Finnish clean energy company in which Government of Finland owns 50.8% shares, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NBCC (India) Limited, 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. The MOU was signed by Mr. Arto Räty, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs & Communications of Fortum and Mr Yogesh Sharma, Executive Director from NBCC. This MOU will cover all major activities in the value chain from planning and designing to making investment and operating the infrastructure using a cloud-based system.
As a first step, Fortum has installed one 22 KW AC Charger on a pilot basis in New Moti Bagh Colony maintained by NBCC, which shall be operated using Fortum’s cloud-based system. The charging station was inaugurated by Finland’s Minister for Housing, Energy and the Environment, Mr. Kimmo Tiilikainen in the presence of Shri Durga Shankar Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India and Dr. Anoop Kumar Mittal, Chairman cum Managing Director, NBCC.
Mr. Kimmo Tiilikainen said, “India is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. 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 pleased to see Finnish companies bringing in their best technology and solutions to India.”
Speaking during the launch, Mr. Arto Raty, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs & Communications, Fortum Oyj, 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 6000 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. 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,” says Mr. Sanjay Aggarwal, Managing Director, Fortum India during the launch of the pilot program.
The charger installed is equipped with OCPP 1.5 and GPRS communication system. The charger is of IP54 Class, making it suitable to be operated outdoor. It has two charging points which will enable two cars to be charged at one point. The charger will operate on AC mode. The charging station can be operated using RFID or Mobile App using Fortum cloud system. It also can be operated remotely.
Fortum is a leading clean-energy company that provides its customers with electricity, heating and cooling as well as smart solutions to improve resource efficiency. We want to engage our customers and society to join the change for a cleaner world. We employ some 9,000 professionals in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, Poland and India, and 62% of our electricity generation is CO2 free. Fortum’s share is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki (FORTUM). Fortum has been involved in the development of Solar Power Plants in India since 2013. Starting its activity in India with an acquisition of an operating 5 MW solar plant in Rajasthan, western India, Fortum currently owns 185 MW of total solar assets in a different part of India. Alongside Utility solar, Fortum is actively looking at B2B solar via open access, captive ground-mounted or rooftop solar.
Fortum Charge & Drive
Fortum Charge & Drive is a pioneer in electric vehicle charging and has a network of 1480 smart chargers in Europe out of which 500 are DC quick chargers. Charge & Drive aims to respond to increasing global demand in e-mobility by providing turnkey solution for B2B and B2G, creating public charging network as well as providing world-class cloud solutions for an interactive end-user interface, and a comprehensive back-end system that supports charge point operators in the remote management of charging stations.