Hyderabad startup plans EV chargers at 4,000+ locations by 2025

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SmartChargEV, a Hyderabad-based electric mobility startup, aims to set up electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities at 4,000 locations pan-India by 2025. It plans to expand the infrastructure further to 23,000 unique locations by 2031, with a mix of captive and franchise investment models. The start-up is slated to raise up to US$ 20 million in funding in the near term.

Towards meeting its goals, the company has announced two EV charging infra projects aimed at facilitating the unhindered interstate and intercity movement of electric vehicles.

The Blue Wire project will connect Srinagar to Kanya Kumari with over 100 charging stations along 3,657 km of NH-44 passing through major cities of Jammu, Pathankot, Ludhiana, Ambala, Delhi-NCR, Agra, Gwalior, Bhopal, Nagpur, Adilabad, Hyderabad, Kurnool, Anantapur, Bengaluru, Salem & Madurai. Total 12 states and UTs are covered in this project.

The second project, The Green Garland of India, aims to enable EV mobility in 13 states and UTs along 7,000+ km of highways connecting Punjab to Kerala via Amritsar, Bathinda, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, Surat, Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur, Goa, Mangalore, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram along the west coast of India and goes all the way up to Sikkim through east coastal cities of Thoothukudi, Ramanathapuram, Puducherry, Chennai, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, and Darjeeling. Over 200 EV charging stations and hubs will be set up in this project.

Incorporated as Mark8Smart E-Mobility Infra Pvt Ltd in March 2021, the start-up installed its first DC fast-charging station near Yadagirigutta in the Indian State of Telangana in April.

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