Shri VP Singh Badnore, Hon'ble Governor of Punjab & Administrator of UT-Chandigarh, and Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel, jointly inaugurated a state-of-the-art battery swapping station for electric vehicles at M/s. Kapoor Service Station, one of Indian Oil Corporation's (IndianOil) leading retail outlets in Chandigarh, through a virtual event held here today. IndianOil has partnered with M/s. SUN Mobility to set up battery-swapping stations at select fuel stations in identified cities.
Shri Badnore, in his address, lauded the efforts of MoP&NG and IndianOil towards improving the environment and economic needs through a series of green initiatives., Battery-swapping technology is one such initiative that offers the best alternative among electric mobility solutions, he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Pradhan commended the efforts of IndianOil and SUN Mobility in pursuing the innovative, clean energy solution, thereby contributing to the Govt. of India objective of reducing vehicular emissions. He hoped that the tie-up would energise the EV markets in India. The EV opportunity is so big that every player in the eco-system will benefit from it, he said.
In line with Hon'ble Prime Minister's vision, which focusses on reducing carbon footprint, electric mobility can help India meet its Paris Agreement commitment of reducing carbon emission intensity (emission per unit of GDP) by 33 to 35 per cent of 2005 level over 15 years, Shri Pradhan said. Thus the country can save 64% of the anticipated passenger road-based mobility-related energy demand and 37% of carbon emissions in 2030 by pursuing a shared, electric and connected mobility future.
Shri Pradhan said that while the oil marketing companies had worked together to usher in BS-VI fuels across the nation, the time has come to go beyond this and introduce more path-breaking technologies in the business. It will need the collective efforts of many agencies to make India's commitment towards cleaner mobility possible, he added.Shri Sanjiv Singh, Chairman, IndianOil, who also spoke on the occasion, elaborated on the various initiatives taken by the Corporation in preparation for the energy transition of the future. These include Hydrogen, H-CNG and fuel cells to run vehicles, setting up of a JV for manufacture of Aluminium-Air based batteries for electric mobility, other energy storage applications, and incorporating EV-charging facilities at IndianOil's fuel stations network. IndianOil would consider various aspects of the battery-swapping technology for scaling up its presence in the EV infrastructure business, he added.
About SUN Mobility
SUN Mobility is a global leader in providing energy infrastructure and services to the transportation sector enabling electric vehicles to be refuelled in a faster, cheaper and convenient way; thereby, making mass migration to a sustainable, pollution-free future possible.
SUN Mobility's energy infrastructure platform comprises of Smart Batteries that are light-weight, connected, long-life, compact and swappable. The Quick Interchange Stations are compact, easy to install and ensure quick refuelling of electric vehicles and are compatible with multiple vehicle platforms, including two- and three-wheelers (e-rickshaws and e-autos). And lastly, the Smart Network (an IoT-based cloud platform) helps keep a constant check on the battery vitals, tracks batteries in real-time, enables digital authentication, station operations and ensures service delivery optimisation.
John Prasad K.
Chief General Manager
Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.