PMI partners Panasonic Life Solutions India to set-up EV charging infrastructure across 17 cities
This article was published on : February 1, 2021
PMI Electro Mobility Solution (PMI), a subsidiary of PMI Coaches, one of the largest bus and coach manufacturers in India has partnered Panasonic Life Solutions India to set-up high-tech electric vehicle charging infrastructure across 17 cities, to support more than 1,000 electric buses of PMI.
Panasonic Life Solution India’s electric mobility ecosystem portfolio includes AC chargers and DC chargers. With these services, the aim is to cater to the EV fleet owners, e-commerce, and logistics companies at large, thereby supporting them to manage their fleet efficiently.
Dinesh Aggarwal, Joint MD, Panasonic Life Solutions India said, “The opportunity for electric mobility in the country is huge and it is paving the pathway for electrification across other modes of transport. At Panasonic Life Solutions India, our unrelenting quest for innovation is guided by our philosophy of connectivity, comfort, and safety. It has enabled us to take the lead and develop an EV charging infrastructure. In order to encourage wider adoption of e-mobility, the central government introduced Phase II of the FAME scheme to facilitate the EV market in India. Such good policy support is required to encourage EVs through an ecosystem of research, manufacturing, storage, and charging infrastructure. We are excited about extending our e-mobility services across the states of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal, and Odisha in the first phase. With this, we aim to create an infrastructure that will cater to the unsatiated needs of multiple stakeholders and inspire the public to use sustainable technologies such as EV instead of private vehicles in the country”.
Satish Jain, founder, PMI Electro Mobility Solution said “PMI has to supply 1,000 Electric buses to across 18 cities in India, on Gross Cost Contract Basis. The buses shall operate around 200-220km on a daily basis. For which, a reliable charging infra partner is needed. Panasonic being one of the most reputable brands provides additional comfort. The chargers provided by Panasonic are one of the most advanced, and fast chargers by which we will be able to charge our buses within 40 minutes. PMI is proud to be a strong partner in the current e-mobility movement in India and takes pride in being a major stakeholder in the public transportation sector.”
It maybe recollected that in 2019, PMI Electro Mobility Solutions had announced its plans to invest Rs 500 crore with its Chinese partner Beiqi Foton Motor to set up an electric bus manufacturing plant in Pune. In June 2020, the company committed an investment of Rs 1,000 crore in Chakan, which was part of 12 MoU’s inked by different organisations with the state of Maharashtra as part of the Magnetic Maharashtra 2.0.