Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Limited (REIL) has contracted Okaya Power to supply, install and commission 4,244 charging stations for electric vehicles across India.
Last year, REIL had already contracted Okaya to build 200 charging stations in all major metropolitan areas and along highways – a vanishingly small number given the country’s size and its urban regions. The follow-up order will now significantly expand this network and offer multi-standard columns (CCS, CHAdeMO, Type-2 and Bharat). The client, REIL, is a joint venture of the Indian government and the Rajasthan state government.
“Okaya is continuously engaged in enhancing the EV charging infrastructure in the country and has already established its credentials as a trusted partner with several reputed organizations,” says Anshul Gupta, director of Okaya Power. In November, the company had also won a major World Bank-funded contract from Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) for 1,020 multi-standard charging stations across India. In addition to international charging standards, the columns also feature a Bharat connection – the Bharat DC-001 corresponds to an IEC 60309 industrial socket.
The current order is funded by the Department of Heavy Industries (DHI), the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. Okaya is an Indian industrial conglomerate and is one of the country’s largest battery producers (lithium-ion and lead-acid). Besides, Okaya also manufactures the charging columns themselves.
Last August, they also had announced a strategic partnership with BluSmart Electric Mobility, one of India’s largest fleet operators of electric four-wheelers. Okay is to provide charging infrastructure for their fleet operations.
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