MG Motor India partners with electric services company Fortum to set up 50KW DC fast-charging EV stations across India.
In order to lay down a strong foundation for its upcoming eZS all-electric SUV, MG Motor India has announced a partnership with Finland-based energy firm Fortum to kick-start the development of India's first DC fast-charging EV station infrastructure. The partnership, which will operate under Fortum India's 'Charge & Drive' programme, will see Fortum installing CCS/CHAdeMO DC fast-charging EV stations for public use at MG showrooms across the country. Each station will have an installed capacity of 50KW. Meanwhile, Fortum is not an unfamiliar name in India, as it has already made around 40 fast-charging EV stations operational in Delhi, Hyderabad & Mumbai, starting with a pilot project in October 2017.
Under the first phase of the project, which is due to be completed by September 2019, 5 cities including Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad will be covered. As per the proposed operation model, the charging stations can be used by EV users who have CCS/CHAdeMO compatible vehicles. To qualify as a user, all they need to do is register themselves on Fortum Charge & Drive India's mobile app.
Sharing his thoughts on the partnership, Mr Rajeev Chaba, President & MD at MG Motor India said, 'The upcoming launch of MG eZs is aligned with the government’s long-term objective to have more electric vehicles on the road in the next few years. We are delighted to be partnering with one of the leading EV Charging service provider in the global EV space to set up charging stations at MG dealerships in select cities, to begin with. This is in line with our goal to provide accessible EVs to Indian customers and create an EV ecosystem in India.'