UNEP, Tata Power and Central Railway Partners to Launch EV Charging Points

The Central Railway, Mumbai, partners with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Tata Power to launch their novel green initiative to promote e-mobility in Mumbai. The joint venture has announced the installation of charging points for electrical vehicles (EVs) as a part of this initiative. These charging points would be available at all important railway stations in the island city, the suburbs, and the adjoining Mumbai Metropolitan Region. ev charging UNEP tata

The collaborative venture aims to boost the overall e-mobility sector and encourage green mobility around railway stations, which are transport modal hubs. Further, they have already awarded contracts for railway stations including Thane, Dadar, Parel, and Byculla in the first phase of the green initiative. While in the second phase, tenders have been floated for the next set of stations including Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT)), Bhandup, Panvel, and Kalyan. Also, areas at the entry-exit points of railway stations with parking facilities have been designated for the charging stations as per the availability.

Recounting their initiative, Head of UNEP’s India Office, Atul Bagai commented, “A transition to e-mobility is one of the best solutions for combatting the challenges of air pollution and the climate crises with electrification being a flexible, energy-efficient, and sustainable way to decarbonize the economy.”

“India is taking a step in the right direction towards achieving a cleaner transport sector through this tri-party initiative. We are proud to be working closely with Central Railway and Tata Power to leverage cleaner energy sources and nudge India towards adopting them more widely,” Atul added. 

Supporting the cause, UNEP is implementing a global program to support countries with the shift to electric mobility. The program supports more than 60 country projects, including India, where upcoming projects include the electrification of India’s government car fleet with the support of the Global Environment Facility. 

Furthermore speaking on the partnership, Praveer Sinha, CEO & Managing Director of Tata Powerstated, “We are extremely glad to collaborate with the UNEP and Central Railway for our clean mobility initiatives. This partnership is important for us as it will demonstrate our commitment to provide greener and cleaner e-mobility solutions to consumers in the Mumbai, capital city of Maharashtra.”

Consequently, the expansion of charging points will augment Tata Power’s network of 300 already in place in 40 different cities.

Additionally, Robin Kalia, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager of the Central Railway of Mumbai, remarked, “An EV charging station has been installed at Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CMT) in partnership with TATA Power and UNEP. We plan to extrapolate this model for installing EV charging stations at all major Railway Stations under the Mumbai division. This endeavor owes its successful implementation to the strategic leadership of Shri Shalabh Goel, Divisional Railway Manager, Mumbai.”

According to UNEP, E-mobility is important for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. Today, transport contributes to approximately one-quarter of all energy-related carbon dioxide emissions and is set to reach one-third, growing faster than any other sector. 

Moreover, in India, the transport sector accounts for 18% of total energy consumption and contributes an estimated 142 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually, out of which 123 million tonnes is contributed by the road transport segment alone. 

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Bhoomika Singh

Bhoomika is a science graduate, with a strong interest in seeing how technology can impact the environment. She loves covering the intersection of technology, environment, and the positive impact it can have on the world accordingly.

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