IndianOil’s first electric vehicle charging station for general public, in collaboration with Fortum India Pvt ltd, was launched today by Ms. Nina Vaskunlahti, Ambassador of Finland to India by virtually charging an electric vehicle in real time located at GOLDSTRIKE FUEL AND SERVICES Fuel Station, Rajbhavan Road, Hyderabad
Simultaneously Mr. Jayesh Ranjan IAS, Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce (I&C), Information Technology (IT), Electronics and Communications, Govt.of Telangana, inaugurated the EV Charging facility by virtually charging an electric vehicle in real time located at IndianOil’s COCO Retail Outlet, Begumpet
- Mr. Rahul Bhardwaj, Executive Director, IndianOil Telangana & Andhra Pradesh State Office,
- Mr. Sanjay Aggarwal, Managing Director, Fortum India Pvt. Ltd.,
- Mr. D V Ramana Rao, Chief General Manager (Retail Sales), IndianOil Telangana & Andhra Pradesh State Office,
- Ms. Heli Antila, CTO- Fortum Corporate Office, Finland
- Awadhesh Kumar Jha, Vice President – Charge & Drive & Sustainability, Fortum India Pvt. Ltd.,
- Mr. A S Kumar, Vice President – Procurement, Fortum India Pvt. Ltd. and
- Ms. Ginta Cimdina, CFO, Fortum India Pvt. Ltd.
were also present during the launch.
Ms. Nina Vaskunlahti, Ambassador of Finland to India & Bangladesh, in her address said “It's a great honour to participate in a green age revolution. We have witnessed a great milestone today with the launch of the first EV Charging stations by IndianOil and Fortum India, open for public use in Hyderabad. In Nordics, our approach is based on three principles- Openness, innovation and collaboration. This is a step in the same direction. Finland and India enjoy great trade and business relations and we are really proud of a Finnish company tying up with one of the best Oil companies in India who are so forward looking and open to clean/ alternate energy solutions. We hope to build further strong ties between the two countries.”
Mr. Rahul Bhardwaj, Executive Director and State Head of IndianOil for Telangana & Andhra Pradesh in his address said, “Transport accounts for about 30% of global energy use. Electric Vehicles, therefore, form a crucial part of Renewable Energy map. World Wide, the conversion of transport mode to Electric Vehicle is gearing up. Hope with the new expected EV Policy from the State Govt., the numbers of Electric vehicles will soon improve in near future both in domestic and consumer based transport sectors. IndianOil is proud to be a part of a Cleaner and Greener Hyderabad.”
Mr. Jayesh Ranjan IAS, Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce (I&C), Information Technology (IT), Electronics and Communications, Govt.of Telangana, in his address said, “Today is a milestone day in my opinion. Two of the strongest possible energy players IndianOil & Fortum India with commendable credibility have come together with a visioanary initiative of EV Charging stations at Hyderabad. Government of India, under its FAME Scheme [Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India] has chosen Hyderabad as one of the six cities for implementation. To encourage the Electric Vehicle usage, Government of Telangana is willing to offer bouquet of benefits including Tax and Tarrif elements”.
Mr. Sanjay Aggarwal, Managing Director, Fortum India said, "As a leading clean energy company, the focus on reducing CO2 emissions has been in Fortum’s DNA for decades. Our pioneering Charge & Drive EV charging platform responds to the critical need to decarbonise cities’ transport systems by providing smart solutions that support e-mobility. Fortum's Charge & Drive supporting hardware agnostic infrastructure, equipped with flexible payment gateway shall provide the consumers a seamless experience of charging their vehicles in a friendly environment at a location, time and price of their choice. We have already started setting up pilot projects across the country as part of our plans of rolling out more than 150 charging stations year on year.”
Mr. Ramana Rao, CGM (RS) – Retail Head of IndianOil for Telangana & Andhra Pradesh in his address said, “All of us are here to build something new; an energy option which is lot greener and sustainable. But it is also a fact that when mankind evolved from ethanol to fossil fuels like petrol or diesel, little was it thought that it would accelerate social, economic and technological growth to an extent where scientists predict that fossil fuels would not last forever.”
Global Automotive Industry is set for radical transformation with Electrical Vehicles (EVs) emerging as a promising alternative to Internal Combustion Engines. Sensing the technological advancements in EV, the Government of India had unveiled ‘National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020' in 2013 which aims at gradually ensuring vehicle population of about 6-7 million Electric and Hybrid vehicles in India by 2020 thereby reducing vehicular pollution.
A scheme of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME) was introduced to provide incentives for all forms of hybrid/pure electric vehicles, batteries and battery management systems and charging infrastructure. The vision was enunciated two years ago to have 100 per cent Electric Vehicle Fleet by 2030.
Given the huge market potential and urban infrastructure, the city of Hyderabad is making inroads as a major destination for Electric vehicles in India. Substantiating this, Government of Telangana is laying a robust ecosystem for EVs by providing charging stations at Parks, Metro Stations and Public places. It is set to announce EV policy as well.
IndianOil envisions exploring newer avenues that are presented by alternative and renewable energy sectors and be part of the evolving energy landscape. Taking this forward, Retail Team-TAPSO successfully negotiated with Fortum India for setting up of first public charging stations at retail outlets in the city of Hyderabad on exclusive basis.
Details on the Tie-Up between IndianOil and Fortum India:
- Initially, the charging stations are being set up at 2 ROs on pilot basis and thereafter it would be expanded to 50 ROs in a period of 2 years.
- Established on BOOT basis for 7 years, the charging stations will have two DC charge points each of 10 KW or 15 KW charging capacity.
- The smart charger can be accessed by EV user using either Fortum Charge & Drive Mobile App or RFID. Payment shall be processed electronically through Credit card or debit card initially.
- Based on the efficacy of the proposed model, it will be taken up by other SOs.
For additional information, please contact:
Principal Manager - Marketing & Communications
M: 9311966250 / E: vijeta [dot] chaudhary [at] fortum [dot] com