State-owned energy service company Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) yesterday announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the planned city of Noida to install around 100 electric vehicle public charging stations.
Under the terms of the agreement, announced in a press release issued by EESL public relations company Edelman India, the city will provide sites and power connections and the government body will fund, operate and maintain the charging stations.
“Installation of public charging stations will accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in the area,” said Noida chief executive Ritu Maheshwari. “A robust public charging infrastructure complements the legislative efforts in creating a sustainable EV ecosystem. With increasing penetration of EVs, the local emission of pollutants is also expected to reduce leading to cleaner air and several public health beneﬁts.”
EESL managing director Saurabh Kumar was also quoted in the PR. “EVs are a viable solution to combat air pollution and ensure a greener future,” he said. “We are spearheading EV adoption in India under the government’s National eMobility Program. EESL believes that ensuring consumer convenience is critical to accelerate emobility in India. Developing a robust supporting infrastructure, therefore, is key to catalyzing consumer confidence in EVs. We are delighted to partner with Noida to accelerate the adoption of EVs by developing robust EV charging infrastructure.”
Under its electric vehicle program, EESL has completed tenders to procure 10,000 electric cars. Some 1,510 such vehicles have been deployed nationally and 295 AC and 161 DC chargers have been commissioned to charge them.