Charge Zone Debuts Renewable Energy To Power EV Charging Stations

Highlights :

  • The idea of powering charging stations with solar energy or renewable energy will complete the loop for sustainable operations.
  • As part of this program, Charge Zone has successfully installed its first 200 KW solar rooftop for Ashok Leyland’s electric buses in Patna, which is now fulfilling around 20% of its daily energy needs.

Charge Zone, a Gujarat-based provider of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, unveiled its ambitions to use renewable energy to power its high-speed charging network for electric buses and commercial cars across India.

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As per the company, its goal behind this motive is to achieve Net-Zero and to give clients more sustainable charging options across India. As part of this program, Charge Zone has successfully installed its first 200 KW solar rooftop for Ashok Leyland’s electric buses in Patna, which is now fulfilling around 20% of its daily energy needs.

The company claims to have successfully built an electric vehicle charging infrastructure by installing over 700 fast DC charging stations in the Indian market over the past three years. It has also mentioned how the network is being swiftly developed for 3000 km of intercity travel as well as for urban e-mobility applications. Charge Zone intends to establish strong relationships with OEMs of the electric truck and bus industries, such as Ashok Leyland, Volvo-Eicher, and GreenCell Mobility, to obtain access to a significant source of electricity, particularly renewable energy.

Kartikey Hariyani, the founder and CEO of Charge Zone, commented on the development, “The timing of this announcement could not have been better as our team of 100+ electrical engineers continues to push the energy envelope for a monthly sale of 3 million energy units to its existing customers and scout the opportunities beyond. There is now a clear potential for electric vehicle charging networks to be fuelled by non-conventional sources of electricity as the Indian market is quickly embracing Solar & Wind energy across industries and the new energy exchange is opening up. Our effort to roll out EV charging stations powered by renewable energy is in line with the government’s hybrid renewable energy strategy of Solar & Wind, which provides better capacity utilisation (CUF) compared to stand-alone solar or wind projects.”

The announcement by NITI-Aayog and CESL about the rollout of 50,000 electric buses presents a significant potential for the e-mobility industry to invest up to US $5 billion in charging infrastructure, while it also creates a new market for up to 2000 MWp of investment in renewable energy.

As the electric vehicle market in India has been rapidly developing, Charge Zone claims that since 2019, it has been consistently investing in and constructing major EV charging hubs for a variety of e-mobility companies. The company just completed electrifying over 1000 km of National Highways in India by constructing a network of twenty unmanned, app-driven, Superfast EV charging sites along the Gujarat-Maharashtra National Highway.

As per the company, More than 500 electric buses are currently being powered by the Charge Zone in significant cities around the country. It has set up 1450+ charge points over 650+ EV charging stations, serving about 5000 EVs daily, in addition to developing an active B2B and B2C network for EV charging stations for both fleet and retail consumers.

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