Fortum Charge & Drive India, a prominent player in the electric mobility industry, has undergone a rebranding and is now known as ‘Glida.’ With this transformation comes a renewed vision and a stronger commitment to sustainable mobility, including innovative solutions for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.
Since its establishment in 2017, Glida (formerly Fortum) has already set up 450 charging stations across India. They have ambitious plans to expand their network further, aiming to install a total of 3,000 charging stations throughout the country by March 2023. Glida takes pride in being the company behind the installation of India’s first EV charging point in Hyderabad in collaboration with the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL).
Awadhesh Kumar Jha, Executive Director of Glida, expressed excitement about the rebranding, stating that it represents their commitment to unhindered mobility and their goal to propel electric mobility into the mainstream.
In terms of the sustainability and viability of charging stations in India, Jha emphasized that the current ecosystem is self-sustaining without heavy reliance on government support. He emphasized the importance of expanding the charging infrastructure before the widespread adoption of EVs to ensure a smooth transition.
Additionally, Glida currently operates across 15 states and 6 highways, offering a diverse range of charging options, including CCS, DC001, and Type 2.
Overall, Glida’s rebranding and commitment to expanding the charging infrastructure demonstrate their dedication to driving the growth of electric mobility in India.