Fortum Charge & Drive and Plug Mobility from Carzonrent join hands to set up charging infrastructure for 4Ws across India

The partnership will set up 3200 charging points in the next 5 years with first 144 points coming up in next 180 days

New Delhi, 8th December 2021: Plug Mobility from Carzonrent India Private Limited, India’s first Electric Vehicle Mobility as a Service brand, has partnered with Fortum Charge & Drive India Pvt. Ltd. (Fortum C&D), a leading Nordic Electric Vehicle (EV) charging service provider, to provide charging infrastructure for Carzonrent fleet of 19000 cars to be inducted over the next 5 years across India. Fortum C&D will set up 3200 charging points for Plug Mobility during this period to support energy requirement of the fleet.

As part of the agreement, a total of 3200 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.

Speaking on the Partnership, Mr. Rajiv Kumar Vij Managing Director Carzonrent India Private Limited 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 (4,00,000 ton) tons of carbon dioxide emissions in the next five years by introducing 19000 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. We are happy to partner with a pioneer such as Fortum to bolster our efforts towards this. With the company’s significant local presence, backed by the great market potential of EVs in India, we look forward to this collaboration.”

Commenting on the same, Mr Sanjay Aggarwal, President, Fortum India Pvt. Ltd., said, “We are happy to collaborate with Carzonrent to set up charging infrastructure for four wheelers across the country as a step towards decarbonisation. We at Fortum have been continuously striving to make the benefits of electric mobility accessible to drivers every day for increased EV adoption, whether for private or commercial use. 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.”

Mr Awadhesh Jha, Executive Director, Fortum Charge & Drive India Pvt. Ltd. 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. Besides, accessibility of such large network to public in general will also help OEM in launching their products without being worried about “where to charge”. Fortum Charge & Drive India is committed to make charging network seamlessly accessible through its various products like CPO Own, CPO Grow and CPO Connect.”

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

About Carzonrent:

“Plug” an initiative from Carzonrent, is India’s first Electric Mobility-as-a-service platform for businesses, enabling 4W shared mobility for corporates, SMEs, hotels, airlines, airports and Government departments/ public sector enterprises in India. Carzonrent has launched a seamless ecosystem for its large portfolio of customers whom it has served over the last 20 years as also capture new market-share of the B2B and B2B2C segments. Plug aims to lead the transition of commercial car industry to EV fleets over next few years.

Carzonrent, a leading PE invested Mobility company was founded in 2000 by Rajiv Vij, a serial entrepreneur and pioneer in the B2B shared mobility sector in India. Carzonrent introduced Corporate car services, Limo services for premium hotel and global airline customers, Radio-taxi services for airport and intra-city travellers, Self-drive services for leisure travellers, Subscription and operating lease services for corporates and SMEs over the past 2 decades of its existence. During its >20year journey, Carzonrent acquired Master Licensee rights for Hertz in India, built proprietary technologies, SaaS mobility tools, partnered with major OEMs, global airlines, marquee global and Indian corporate’s, hospitality chains and airport operators and built a servicing network in 79 cities across India to become India’s largest technology driven, asset light-mobility company with over 5000 driver-partners in its network. Carzonrent also promoted Myles in 2018 – an automotive subscription and self-drive company, which has partnered with Maruti, Toyota and MG Motors to offer subscription technology and services to their customers.

For additional information, please contact:

Vijeta Chaudhary

E: vijeta [dot] chaudhary [at] fortum [dot] com

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About Fortum

Fortum is a European energy company with activities in more than 40 countries. We provide our customers with electricity, gas, 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. Together with our subsidiary Uniper, we are the third largest producer of CO2-free electricity in Europe. With approximately 19,000 professionals and a combined balance sheet of approximately EUR 69 billion, we have the scale, competence, and resources to grow and to drive the energy transition forward. Fortum's share is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki and Uniper's share on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

About Fortum Charge & Drive:

Fortum Charge & Drive is a pioneer in electric vehicle charging. As Charge Point Operator it has a network of more than 3000 smart chargers in Nordic country out of which more than 30% are DC quick chargers. Starting with a pilot in October 2017, Fortum has already made 114 DC Fast charging points – across 8 states & 10 cities. While these DC charging points serves to 4-wheelers passenger cars, we have also launched a pilot project of Battery Swapping for 3 –wheelers in and around DLF Mall of India, Noida where 30 Zbees (e-Autos) are operating with 2X 1.5 kWh swappable battery pack. We have partnered with MG Motor to install 50 KW CCS/Chademo DC fast public charging stations for electric vehicles across 13 locations in 10 cities: Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Mohali, Ahmedabad, Surat, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru by October 2021. The smart chargers can be accessed by an electric vehicle user, having cars compatible with the CCS and Chademo charging standards by registering with Fortum Charge & Drive India through its mobile app.

Fortum Charge & Drive also offers a cloud solution to Electric Vehicle (EV) charging service providers and infrastructure investors. The cloud-based (SaaS) architecture enables flexible, pay-as-you-grow models, and white/grey label alternatives. This service is configured to suit a wide array of custom requirements, from back-end administration allowing an operator to see the status of charger, control charging (e.g., start, stop, restart), manage charging, connect, and configure chargers, Remote monitoring and diagnostics, and Price plan administration, to the front-end branding of the consumer mobile app and web portal. The Charge & Drive SaaS cloud solution is hardware agnostic.