Electric vehicle charging infrastructure firm CHARGE+ZONE and Mahindra & Mahindra announced a partnership to set up a charging network to support the latter’s electric SUVs. The two partners will explore the installation, commissioning, and maintenance of DC fast chargers at various locations, the two companies said in a joint statement.
The locations would include owned and rented sites, offices, or any other areas nominated by Mahindra, its affiliates, and group companies, it added. Moreover, the partnership will also entail rolling out e-mobility solutions spanning discovery, availability, navigation, and transactions, to provide seamless access to the charging network.
”With this partnership, we aim to build a well-connected ecosystem that would not only provide electric SUV users with access to fast charging points across the country but will also help the EV ecosystem grow,” CHARGE+ZONE Founder and CEO Kartikey Hariyani said.
M&M President – Automotive Sector Veejay Nakra said the partnership would ensure robust EV infrastructure solutions for all the company’s customers and help to accelerate the mass adoption of EVs in India.
The charging stations under the partnership have been designed to charge e-four-wheelers and will be open to the public as well to users and partners of Mahindra, the joint statement said.
CHARGE+ZONE said it has set up over 1,450 charging points across more than 650 EV charging stations, serving around 5,000 EVs on a daily basis. Whereas, M&M has lined up five new electric Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) with the first four expected to hit the market between December 2024 and 2026.
Substantial steps must be taken to install charging stations in India in order to overcome the chicken-and-egg problem that the EV sector is currently facing, as India’s electric vehicle revolution is in urgent need of charging stations. Under the partnership, Mahindra and Charge+Zone will explore the installation, commissioning, and maintenance of fast DC chargers at various locations, which is a positive step towards the EV revolution. As part of this partnership, Mahindra, its affiliates, and group companies will maintain fast DC chargers at various locations, including owned and rented sites, offices, and any other areas nominated by Mahindra, its affiliates, and group companies.
In addition, the collaboration will involve the deployment of e-mobility solutions spanning discovery, availability, navigation, and transactions, with the goal of enabling all EV users to seamlessly access the charging network. Nevertheless, collaborations like this with public fast charging, supplemented by AC and DC chargers at workplaces, shopping malls, and restaurants, will provide greater support to India’s charging infrastructure in the future.