EESL, IESA Ink MoU for Faster EV Adoption, Scaling Charging Infra Pan India

State-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) and India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA), a leading alliance on energy storage and e-mobility, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to ensure faster adoption of electric vehicle (EV) mobility and scaling of EV charging infrastructure on pan India.

August 07, 2020. By Manu Tayal

State-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) and India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA), a leading alliance on energy storage and e-mobility, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to ensure faster adoption of electric vehicle (EV) mobility and scaling of EV charging infrastructure on pan India.

With the government’s push to curb pollution and reduce reliance on import dependent fossil fuels, India is poised to become one of the largest electric mobility markets in the world in the coming decade.

The agreement was inked during the 7th Electric Mobility event ‘India e-Mobility Conclave 2020 (IMC 2020)’ organized by IESA. The Virtual Conference was focused on roadmap and outlook for e-mobility in India.

As per the MoU, the initial focus of both EESL and IESA would be on the development and deployment of the pilot EV tracker tool including associated hardware, and an analysis of the potential for Telecom towers to double up as EV charging stations along the Golden Quadrilateral of India.

The MoU was signed between Dr Rahul Walawalkar, President, IESA and Saurabh Kumar, Vice Chairman, EESL Group, in the presence of Debi Prasad Dash, Executive Director, IESA and Amit Kaushik, Executive Director (Growth), EESL with key Industry players.

EESL is driving EV adoption in government establishments and PSUs while IESA will drive the adoption in private side and will help the companies, corporates and private users to accelerate e-mobility adoption.

IESA also launched EV adopters club (IESA-EAC) accelerating private adoption of xEVs in India. This club will work on Phased approach.

Moreover, EESL will provide 3 months free charging to the members of IESA- EAC members across India at EESL facilities. Also, Phase 1 will monitor driving patterns, XEV battery health, while Phase 2 will have recommendations and suggestions with best use case to OEM’s and Phase 3 will have replication at various industrial hubs.

Besides, the two entities will also jointly work on knowledge and capacity building activity for OEMs, battery operators and for charging station installers.

Dr. Rahul Walawalkar, President, India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA), said, “it’s great to see how fast e-Mobility eco-system is evolving in India. Since, the last e-Mobility conclave, we have already seen introduction of new EV models which have generated a lot of interest from consumers. The commercial fleets are rapidly adopting e-Mobility across 2W, 3W & 4W segments. We need to focus on right deployment of charging infrastructure to make it easy for users to switch to electric vehicles.”

He also added that “with the upcoming advanced chemistry cell battery manufacturing mission of 50GWh, we are confident that India can develop a robust eco system for R&D and manufacturing of advanced battery & EV technologies. India Energy Storage Alliance with its partnership with Energy Efficiency Services Ltd is looking to play a role in accelerating faster adoption of EVs through launch of EV Adopter Club.”

This virtual conference saw presence of eminent industry leaders, think tanks, and policy makers including Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, EESL; Naveen Munjal, Managing Director, Hero Electric Vehicles; Nishant Arya, Executive Director, JBM; Vikram Gulati, Country Head, SVP, Toyota Kirloskar; Gaurav Gupta, Chief Commercial Officer, MG Motors; Guruprasad Mudlapur, Managing Director, Bosch; Anant Nahata, Managing Director, Exicom; Anshul Gupta, Director, Okaya; RaminderJaura, Managing Director, Schaltbau India; Dr. Sajid Mubashir, Scientist G, EV R&D Mission, Dept. of Science & Technology; Hemalatha Annamalai, Founder, Ampere Electric Vehicles; Neelkanth Marathe, Director, Automotive Research Association of India and so on.

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