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Hero Electric, the oldest and largest electric two-wheeler manufacturer in India, announced a partnership agreement with Adani Electricity and VoltUp in Mumbai, a one-stop solution for battery swapping.
According to the partners, this is the first time that an OEM, infrastructure partner, last-mile partners, and start-up battery swapping company have joined forces to promote smart mobility. They will collaborate to build and scale up EV charging infrastructure – thus bridging network, energy and technology.
Sohinder Gill, CEO, of Hero Electric said, “At Hero, we have always fostered the idea of collaboration to strengthen the EV ecosystem in India to deepen the EV penetration and attain zero-emission status. This association with VoltUp, Adani Electricity, and Zomato will establish a dense infrastructure encouraging more riders to switch to EVs and operate smoothly without worrying about range anxiety issues. Hero Electric is the only manufacturer to have a specific product designed for delivery partner fleets given the segment’s potential to contribute towards a clean and green future.”
The agreement states that the partnership will expand the coverage of the western line between Churchgate and Mira-Bhayandar to 50 locations. VoltUp and the partner will create smart electric mobility stations in Mumbai for quick access to battery swapping. The partnership aims to have 500 battery swapping centres operationalized across Mumbai by 2024 to cater to more than 30,000 riders per day.
Siddharth Kabra, Co-founder & CEO, VoltUp said, “In a fast-paced city like Mumbai where time is always of the essence, enabling riders to instant battery swapping will empower them to grow economically while doing away with range anxiety. Adani Electricity’s dense network and Hero Electric’s manufacturing of advanced and affordable products resonate with VoltUp’s business model of providing a completely green solution to the EV industry. This partnership will not only act as a catalyst in pushing the envelope of smart mobility in India but will also integrate green energy for charging batteries.”
Adani Electricity’s spokesperson said, “Adani Electricity is committed to enabling electric mobility solutions for Mumbai, powered by Renewable Energy. Our partnership with Voltup is yet another in the space, wherein we are enabling access to our dense and reliable Network, with a strong commitment to supplying 100% Sustainable Energy.”