Punjab Governor along with Petroleum Minister inaugurated Battery Swapping Facility, QIS


New Delhi: Punjab Governor and Administrator of Chandigarh V P Singh Badnore along with Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Dharmendra Pradhan today inaugurated Battery Swapping Facility, Quick Interchange Service (QIS) at Chandigarh in a function organized online.

Battery swapping technology offers the best alternative to slow charging and helps the drivers to make optimum use of the operational hours. The battery swapping model is initially targeted at the commercial segment-electric autos, rickshaws, and the electric vehicle which is either factory fitted or retrofitted.

Indian Oil has signed a non- binding Strategic cooperation document with M/s Sun Mobility to explore setting up of Energy infrastructure for Electric vehicle through Battery Swapping model across Indian Oil Retail outlets in select cities covering New Delhi, Gurugram, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Amritsar and others.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Pradhan called for scaling up of EV ecosystem. He said, modern technology must be leveraged to enable electric mobility to scale up in India and make it more affordable.

Lauding the initiative of the Indian Oil for the battery swapping service at one of the cleanest cities of the country, he said that this initiative is also a step in the direction of making Aatmnirbhar Bharat as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Talking about India’s commitment to clean energy, he said, despite not being a major per capita polluter, it has committed itself in the COP-21 to bring down the pollution levels in the country. He said, in this direction, government is developing sustainable models of renewable energy, and has taken many initiatives. These initiatives include introduction of BS-VI fuels, spreading the network of CNG and PNG stations, making available LPG to majority of the population, targeting 20 per cent ethanol blending, producing Biodiesel from Used cooking Oil, and widespread use of solar energy for mobility purposes.

He said, an Aatamnirbhar Bharat will have clean, affordable, multi-source and multi-dimensional energy solutions, with focus on domestic resources.

The UT Administrator Mr. Badnore said that the development has to take care of the environmental concerns as well as the economic needs of the society. Lauding the initiative, he said that electric mobility stations will reduce emissions, check air and noise pollution, and will help in preventing climate changes. He called upon all the stakeholders to adopt and promote electric mobility, and make the city a cleaner and better place.