EESL and IESA join forces to scale up EV infrastructure in India

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) is an energy service company of the Government of India and is the world’s largest public ESCO. It is 100% government-owned, a joint venture of state-owned NTPC Limited, Power Finance Corporation, REC Limited and Power Grid Corporation of India Limited. Energy Efficiency Services Limited signed an MoU with India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) for faster adoption of e-mobility and scaling EV infrastructure across India on Thursday, August 6.

The MoU was signed between Dr. Rahul Walawalkar, President, IESA and Saurabh Kumar, Vice Chairman, EESL Group of Companies in presence of Debi Prasad Dash, Executive Director, IESA and Amit Kaushik, Executive Director (Growth), EESL during the 7th edition of India e-Mobility Conclave 2020 (IMC 2020)  – a full-day conference organized by IESA, which got major stakeholders operating in the transportation and auto industry on a single platform to discuss the future of e-mobility in India and way forward for faster adoption of EVs.

“We are proud to sign the MoU between Energy Efficiency Services Limited and India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) to work collaboratively on multiple priority areas to catalyze the growth of the Indian electric mobility sector,” said Debi Prasad Dash, Executive Director of IESA.

The focus of the partnership will be on the development and deployment of a pilot electric vehicle tracker tool, along with the analysis of the potential for telecom towers to double as EV charging stations in India. Further, EESL stated, a joint study will be undertaken with telecom tower companies to determine the viability of retrofitting telecom tower facilities to allow them to also serve as EV charging stations to promote the use of green energy.

As part o the partnership, EESL will drive the EV adoption among government establishments and on the PSU-side whereas IESA will drive the private-side of the EV adoption efforts by encouraging corporates and private users.

To accelerate the private adoption of xEVs in India, IESA also launched EV Adopters Club (IESA-EAC). The club will work in a phased approach and Mr. Surabh Kumar, Vice-chairman EESL Group confirmed that it will provide free charging to the members of IESA- EAC members across India at EESL facilities.

IESA and EESL will also be jointly working on knowledge and capacity building activities for OEMs, battery operators, and charging station installers.

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