Home / Auto News / BSES, Ola Electric to jointly install battery charging stations in Delhi

In order to improve the adoption of electric mobility in the national capital, power distribution companies, BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and BSES Yamuan Power Ltd, on Monday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ola Electric – a subsidiary of ride-hailing application Ola Cabs – to install battery swapping and charging stations for electric vehicles in Delhi.

The agreement will be valid for a period of three years and the charging and swapping stations will cater to the electric two- and three- wheelers across the city.

“As part of the agreement, Ola Electric will manage and operate these stations through a cloud-based software system. On its part, BSES will facilitate in identification of strategic locations for battery swapping (and charging) stations, depending on the optimum usage and potential of electric vehicles in the area," noted the companies in a press release issued.

Lack of charging stations has been one of the major reasons for slow pick-up in sales of electric vehicles in India. The Union government has already earmarked 1,000 crore to incentivise setting up of charging stations under the second phase of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric and Hybrid vehicle (FAME) scheme.

“BSES is committed towards green and sustainable initiatives. Promoting E-mobility and renewables, a key to attain climate action goals, are the two main drivers of this endeavour. As part of this, we are actively engaging with key stakeholder to create an ecosystem, including allocation of land for setting-up such stations, for the promotion of E-mobility," Amal Sinha, chief executive, BRPL.

According to Ankit Jain, co-founder, Ola Electric, the company has been working closely with partners in the ecosystem, across the country to facilitate mass adoption of electric vehicles and create solutions to operate with minimal restrictions.

“This program further augments our efforts to lay a strong foundation to enable the smooth functioning of electric vehicles across the country by creating a widespread network of charging solutions that vehicle owners and operators can rely on," added Jain.

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