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Leading Indian businesses commit to electric vehicle fleets by 2030

16 April 2019, 9:22 BST 3 min read

Shuttl and BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) have become the latest Indian business giants to join The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative.

Through their EV100 membership, Shuttl, a leading mobility services company and BRPL, a leading utility company, have pledged to switch their fleets to electric and install charging infrastructure where they have operations – accelerating the electric mobility transition in India.

Atul Mudaliar, Sr. Manager Energy Transitions – India, The Climate Group, said: “Shuttl and BRPL join EV100 at a very exciting time, when India is readying itself to transform to clean, connected and shared transportation. With new-age companies like Shuttl taking EVs to their extensive customer base and BRPL using their expertise to make efficient use of clean energy for powering EVs, they are sending the right signals to all ecosystem actors including government but importantly also educating the public in making choices. I am looking forward to seeing more Indian companies joining us in this initiative.”

Amit Singh, Founder, Shuttl India, said: “Shuttl is pioneering urban mobility space by offering ridesharing in buses. Buses are the most efficient way to move people within cities - efficient with respect to emissions as well as surface area on the road. Shuttl has succeeded in moving people away from cars as it provides assured seats in AC buses and thereby reduces congestion & pollution in our cities.

"EVs are the future of mobility and Shuttl is keen to play a key role in adoption of electric buses in India which will help further reduce emissions.” 

Amal Sinha, CEO, BRPL said, "BRPL is committed towards green and sustainable initiatives that are beneficial both to our consumers, as well as the Indian public. Promoting E-Mobility and renewables are two main drivers to reach our climate action goals.  As part of this resolve, we have started inducting a fleet of electric cars and partnering with organizations to set-up a network of e­-charging stations for our consumers."

Driving the shift to clean transport systems

Shuttl operates nearly 30,000 rides daily to commuters in the Delhi-NCR region and Kolkata. As part of EV100, the company will add 300 electric buses to their fleet by 2020 and install more than 50 charging points in prime locations to power their EVs on established routes.

BRPL is based in New Delhi and distributes power to over 2.4 million customers in 21 districts in South and West Delhi. Through EV100, the company will convert its entire service delivery fleet to electric by 2030. BRPL is also investing in testing models for its facilities to support stabilizing the electricity grid for EV charging, as well as pilots for how to effectively integrate renewable electricity (RE) into its grid network.

India is currently stepping up action and ambition on EVs. The national government has pledged to ensure 30% of all vehicles on the road are electric by 2030. Recently, the national budget announcement included an outlay of US$1.5 billion for Phase 2 of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles scheme to boost electric mobility and increase the number of electric vehicles in commercial fleets.

Today’s announcement comes as The Climate Group convenes electric mobility stakeholders to discuss EV aggregation and procurement strategies by and for corporations, in partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and Energy Efficiency Services Limited.

The new EV100 members Shuttl and BRPL will speak alongside member companies Wipro, State Bank of India and BSES Yamuna Power Limited on why and how companies can drive demand and lead the large-scale deployment of EVs in India, supporting the government ambition to accelerate low-carbon transport in the country.