As a first step, Fortum has installed one 22 KW AC Charger on pilot basis in New Moti Bagh Colony maintained by NBCC, which shall be operated using Fortum’s cloud-based system. The charging station was inaugurated by Finland’s Minister for Housing, Energy and the Environment, Mr. Kimmo Tiilikainen, in the presence of Dr. Anoop Kumar Mittal, Chairman cum Managing Director, NBCC.
Mr. Kimmo Tiilikainen said: “India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. While the rapid growth puts strain on the environment, it also opens extensive opportunities. Technological expertise of Finnish companies can be leveraged to support the sustainable development of Indian economy and energy sector. We are really happy to see Finnish companies bringing in their best technology and solutions to India.”
Speaking during the launch, Mr. Arto Raty, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs & Communications, Fortum Oyj, said: “India is an important market for us. Fortum is a pioneer in providing charging solutions to electric vehicles. Solutions with reliable hardware and software as well as responsive customer support are crucial to the end user experience. We have developed Fortum Charge & Drive to meet these demands, paving the way for the more widespread and efficient use of electric vehicles.”
“Currently, India has about 6,000 electric cars operational and keeping in mind, the Indian government’s target to have only e-vehicles by 2030, Fortum has ventured in India making it the first country outside Europe in the Charge & Drive space. The plans include developing charging infrastructure along with the cloud based system (SAAS). Starting with this pilot in New Delhi, we plan to roll out more than 150 charging stations over a period of next 12-18 months,” says Mr. Sanjay Aggarwal, Managing Director, Fortum India, during the launch of the pilot program.
The charger installed is equipped with OCPP 1.5 and GPRS communication system. The charger is of IP54 Class making it suitable to be operated outdoor. It has two charging points which will enable two cars to be charged at one point. Charger will operate on AC mode. The charging station can be operated using RFID or Mobile App using Fortum cloud system. It also has the ability to be operated remotely.