Bengaluru based EV charging infrastructure startup Charzer has joined hands with Omega Seiki Mobility to set up a network of 20,000 EV charging stations across India in the next two years.
According to a joint media release by the companies, Charzer will deploy the charging stations where Omega Seiki clients will operate. They can use the charging facility in a subscription-based model.
"An in-house survey of 500 passenger auto rickshaws and cargo three- wheelers indicated that 8 out of 10 drivers in Bengaluru do not have the required charging infrastructure at home. In a city like Bengaluru, a conventional engine auto rickshaw driver covers up to 150 km daily, whereas an EV auto driver is able to drive up to only 100 km, this is mainly due to the lack of charging options available on the go."
Extended range due to ease of access to charging points can result in 40-50% increase in the income of drivers, the release said.
Charzer is also working with Greendrive logistics, which operates a fleet of over 100 Omega Seiki vehicles in Bengaluru.
Dheeraj Reddy, chief operations officer and co-founder, Charze,r said, "For any logistics company, finding and managing 'Park and Charge' EV hubs is capital-intensive and requires extensive use of labour and workforce. Setting up these EV charging hubs is a major deviation from the core business of a logistics company. Besides this, drivers and companies lose a lot of time in traveling to and fro to the hubs. This is where we come in."
"With Charzer, fleet owners can save up to 46% of their expenses and scale their fleet 10 times faster. Drivers can save up to 55 hours of redundant travel a month and earn 40% more income due to increased fleet uptime," he said.
Uday Narang, founder and chairman, Omega Seiki Mobility, said, "We have a target of introducing 30,000-plus EV cargo three-wheelers in the next two years. In order to achieve this goal, we are also working on building a robust charging infrastructure that allows our fleet drivers to easily access charging stations at any given point during the day. As a first step towards this, we have partnered with Charzer to build an extensive network of charging stations across the country.''
Charzer provides a real time dashboard for live tracking of fleet charging metrics. With a turnaround time of less than 3 days for setting up the charging infrastructure, it is enabling rapid scaling and faster adoption of EVs, said the media release.