In India, energy and EV charging infrastructure provider Tata Power has entered into a strategic partnership with Hyundai Motor India (HMIL) to build a charging network for electric vehicles at HMIL dealerships.
The two companies have agreed that Tata Power will install Tata Power EZ Charge fast chargers (DC 60 kW) at Hyundai Motor India’s existing 34 EV dealer locations across 29 cities. This will include supply, installation, and commissioning of home charging for HMIL’s electric vehicle customers. HMIL dealer locations are currently only equipped with AC 7.2 kW chargers.
HMIL dealerships are to provide the necessary space, and administrative approvals for the new charging stations, while Tata Power will invest, own and operate the charging stations. The new charging stations will be open for all electric vehicle customers, which will clearly also benefit drivers with electric vehicles from sister company Tata Motors. The agreement will also benefit Tata in that its end-to-end charging solutions will be offered at the home of HMIL’s EV owners which the two companies agree will result in hassle-free electric vehicle ownership.
Dr Praveer Sinha, CEO & MD, Tata Power said: “Our collaboration with Hyundai Motor India aligns with the Government of India’s National Electric Mobility Mission Plan and demonstrates our commitment to leading India’s clean energy and net-zero goals. Tata Power’s expertise in EV charging space coupled with comprehensive charging solutions and countrywide ownership of Hyundai vehicles will help in the development of sustainable mobility infrastructure, boosting faster EV adoption.”
Tata Power first really started ramping up its EV charging network in 2020, when the company announced that it planned to expand its network of fast- and smart EV charging points in India from the 170 in operation at the time, to over 700 by end of that financial year. This number is likely to have been far exceeded with the company now claiming that Tata Power is India’s leading provider of EV charging solutions. The company says it has already installed at total of over 1500 public and semi-public EV chargers, with another 550+ chargers in various stages of installation. Tata says it also has a network of more than 13,000 home chargers for private use and more than 200 bus charging points installed across India.
In September last year, an app for electric vehicle charging stations called EV Plugs went live claiming to be India’s first independent aggregator app. The company enables access to the Tata Power network as well as networks from Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), Statiq, Ather, and ReVolt.
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