eDRV has received a prestigious grant from the UK government for its utility-led electric vehicle charging for demand response and grid management project in New Delhi, India. The project was selected as part of a competitive process, and is one of seven projects that will receive funding for enhanced urban mobility from the UK PACT Green Recovery Challenge Fund. eDRV will lead the project in a consortium consisting of India's leading think tank, the Council on Energy Environment and Water (CEEW), and New Delhi's private sector electricity distribution utility BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL).
The one year project consists of a proof of concept to build a utility-led intelligent electric vehicle charging pilot for India's capital. In its announcement of the award, UK PACT highlighted the “need for more sustainable patterns of transport to provide cleaner air, particularly in densely populated and polluted cities.”
"As a former resident, I have had first hand experience of the challenges posed by Delhi's deadly air pollution, which makes the city's air quality amongst one of the poorest in the world. India's focus on electrification of transport and mobility is changing all that. We're excited to be working alongside two of India's premier organizations -- CEEW and BYPL -- to implement this first of its kind utility managed EV charging pilot project to make electrification of urban mobility more feasible.", said Bhaskar Deol, co-founder and CEO of eDRV.
By way of these grants, UK PACT (Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions) partners with countries to reduce emissions and foster inclusive economic growth. A three year program that stretches through to 2022, the grants are part of a £60m flagship program that falls under the International Climate Finance (ICF) portfolio.
For more information on the project, make sure to check out our work on sustainability in India.