Okaya Bags EESL Contract to Set Up 1,020 EV Charging Stations Across India
The contract is funded by the World Bank
Okaya Power has bagged a World Bank-funded contract from the state-run Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) to deploy 1,020 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the country.
EESL falls under the purview of the Ministry of Power. Okaya Power is one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of EV charging stations, lithium-ion batteries, and lead-acid batteries in India.
According to the contract, Okaya will supply, install and commission 1,020 multi-standard EV charging stations with combined charging systems (CCS), CHAdeMO, and Bharat specification protocol across India.
According to Okaya Power, the company has already deployed more than 500 EV charging stations in the past six months and 250 MWh of battery energy storage systems (BESS) solutions across the country.
Earlier in September 2020, Mercom had reported that Okaya secured an order from Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited (BHEL) to supply, install, and commission power storage systems at three locations in Delhi. The company will deploy 410 kW of lithium-ion-based battery energy storage system in Delhi for The Energy Resource Institute (TERI) project.
Back in 2018, EESL had floated a tender for the procurement of 2,000 electric vehicle chargers that was eventually bagged by four energy storage solutions companies, as reported previously by Mercom.
Recently, EESL also signed an agreement with the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (Noida) to set up 162 public charging stations and related infrastructure. The partnership will aim at establishing an infrastructural ecosystem that will facilitate the wider adoption of e-mobility in the country.
Previously, the Department of Heavy Industries approved 2,636 electric vehicle charging stations in 62 cities across 24 states and union territories under the second phase of the FAME India program. According to the government’s statement, nearly 106 proposals were received from the public and private entities for the deployment of approximately 7,000 EV charging stations.
Rahul is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Before entering the world of renewables, Rahul was head of the Gujarat bureau for The Quint. He has also worked for DNA Ahmedabad and Ahmedabad Mirror. Hailing from a banking and finance background, Rahul has also worked for JP Morgan Chase and State Bank of India. More articles from Rahul Nair.