Fortum Charge & Drive India launches open loop Prepaid cards for enhancing user experience and convenience

Fortum Charge & Drive India Charging Station at Cybercity, Gurgaon

Fortum Charge & Drive (C&D) India launched RuPay Pre-paid Card, in collaboration with Pine Labs – a flexible prepaid card which can be used for making payment of charging sessions completed at Fortum charging stations anywhere in India. The launch took place at ‘The FINCHAM Annual Gala 2022’ attended by various Dignitaries from the industry.

The card will be available to the customers from January 1, 2023, by ordering the same through Fortum C&D App by completing min KYC. From January 1, 2023 Fortum Charge & Drive India shall also transition its payment from Post-paid method to Pre-paid method for EV users.

The card can additionally be used to make payments for EV charging undertaken at any charging stations on non-Fortum charging stations (if RuPay card is accepted by such station operator) as well. An EV user can also use this pre-paid card at any other e-commerce and merchant store both for online and offline transaction where RuPay cards are accepted. RuPay cards are widely accepted at stores, restaurants, and online e-commerce platforms.

Fortum C&D is always on a lookout for innovative ways to create more value for its users and enriching their charging experience. RuPay Card is going to be a convenient and hassle-free payment solution that is specifically introduced to fulfil varied needs of EV users and provide them flexibility & complete control over their money used to recharge the card with multiple use cases.

It has been developed in collaboration with Pine Labs that specializes in prepaid card retail solutions and been a reliable partner of numerous other customer friendly B2C brands.

"We are pleased to offer EV users this innovative payment method, which can be used for making payments on any EV charging stations in India besides across e-commerce sites for online transaction and millions of POS for physical transaction across segments like OTT, eateries, movies, hospitality, retail etc. We believe that RuPay pre-paid Card will give Fortum Charge & Drive India customers freedom and convenience, resulting in more efficient charging experience” said Awadhesh Kumar Jha, Executive Director, Fortum Charge & Drive India.

“We are delighted to partner a clean energy company like Fortum Charge & Drive India in their journey to scale the EV infrastructure in India. Pine Labs is powering the Fortum co-branded prepaid program on RuPay network. Fortum’s customers in India now have a seamless way to pay for their offline and online transactions using prepaid cards issued by Pine Labs,” said Kumar Sudarsan, President, Issuing Business, Pine Labs