MG Motors joins hands with Fortum to install EV charging stations in India

After its debut in India with the launch of Hector SUV, MG Motors is gearing up for another big launch in the country. To create a supportive infrastructure before the launch of its first electric SUV in India, MG Motors has announced a partnership with Finland-based clean energy major Fortum to install country’s first DC fast-charging station (50 kW).

Rajeev Chaba, President & MD, MG Motor India (left) and Sanjay Aggarwal Managing Director, Fortum India

Under the partnership, Fortum will install 50kW CCS/CHAdeMO DC fast charging stations for EVs at the company’s existing showrooms in five cities: Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad. This will help to create a proper charging infrastructure when MG launches its first EV in India, the MG eZS electric SUV later this year. MG says “The smart chargers can be accessed by an EV user, having cars compatible with CCS/CHAdeMO charging standards by registering with Fortum Charge & Drive India through its Mobile App.”

The MG eZS is a
pure electric SUV and will have more than 300 km of range in a single charge
from its lithium-ion battery. It will also have over-the-air (OTA) technology
to stay connected. The MG eZS will be manufactured at the company’s plant in
Gujarat’s Halol.

This is second big announcement regarding electric mobility in the same week. Earlier the Kerala government announced its ambition to bring one million EVs on road in the next three years. Looking at such initiatives from the governments as well as the manufacturers, the path to electric mobility for India seems shorter then it was assumed earlier. However, how well these plans will be executed is something to see.

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