With the aim to boost electric vehicle (EV) adoption by strengthening charging infrastructure across the country, Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Marriott International to construct and operate EV charging infrastructure in the hotels managed, licensed and franchised by the Marriott International and its affiliates in India. The MoU was signed in the presence of Mr. Bhaskar Gurunath, Area Director of Engineering, South Asia, Marriott International Inc., and Ms. Mahua Acharya and Mr. N Mohan of CESL.
Under this partnership, CESL will be entrusted with planning and implementation of the project including all costs and performance of all tasks required for procurement, installation, operation and maintenance of the charging units and related infrastructure. Over the next two months, CESL will be installing EV charging units across 37 Marriott International hotels and will gradually expand to 100 hotels within one year.
Talking about building a robust EV ecosystem, Ms. Mahua Acharya, MD, and CEO, CESL said “EVs are going to pave the way towards a green and sustainable future. Developing a sustainable landscape with strong supporting EV infrastructure is the key to cultivating consumer confidence in electric vehicles and CESL is proud to be progressively spearheading initiatives to promote e-mobility in India. Our partnership will significantly enhance consumer convenience and we are expecting to reduce pollutants emission levels, leading to cleaner air and various public health benefits.”
Sharing views about this partnership, Mr. Bhaskar Gurunath, Area Director of Engineering, South Asia, Marriott International Inc, said, “Marriott continues to be a leader in offering guest experiences that exceeds expectations and setting the standard for global sustainability targets within the hospitality sector. Our goal has always been to find and integrate leading environmental and social practices across all our hotels and business operations. In partnering with a like-minded organization like CESL we aim to enhance and strengthen our commitment towards sustainability, benefitting our business and the communities in which we operate. “Through this association, we are aiming to create a reliable and seamless charging experience for our guests.” He added
Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) is a subsidiary of state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Limited, a joint venture of public sector companies under the Ministry of Power, Government of India. CESL is focused on delivering clean, affordable, and reliable energy.
Convergence focuses on energy solutions that lie at the confluence of renewable energy, electric mobility, and climate change. CESL is also working towards enabling battery-powered electric mobility and its infrastructure and designing business models to increase the uptake of electric vehicles in India. By employing unique business models, Convergence is utilizing a blend of concessional and commercial capital, carbon finance and grants as appropriate to enable commercialization of these solutions at scale.
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