Kia Motors India have signed a MOU pact with the government of Andra Pradesh with an aim of achieving clean and sustainable mobility for future by developing electric infrastructure in the state incorporating the development of electric vehicles and set up of charging stations as well. Kia Motors India has developed a charging station on the premises of Secretariat at Vijaywada. The Kia Motors India has donated three vehicles for the officials of the Andra Pradesh Government. The vehicles are the Niro Hybrid, the Niro Plug-in and the Niro EV.
“It’s a remarkable day for us today as we embark on the road to future mobility in India. We are providing the government with three of our world-class electrified cars, and Andhra Pradesh is taking progressive steps by giving incentives to both automakers and customers; and also installing charging stations in the state, building a green ecosystem,” said Kookyum Shim, managing director and CEO, Kia Motors India. “We will provide a range of futuristic technologies under our ACE (Autonomous, Connected and Electric) strategy and we will work with the Andhra Pradesh government to improve the quality of life of its citizens,” he added.
At the MoU-signing ceremony, N Chandrababu Naidu, chief minister, Andhra Pradesh, said, “We are very happy receiving the support of Kia Motors and I am confident that the upcoming plant would be a world-class facility as well. We are looking at radically transforming the mobility scenario in the state of Andhra Pradesh. We want to totally convert all vehicles in the state to full electrics and we are starting by purchasing over 7,500 e-three-wheelers for garbage collection by end of January 2019.We are also installing charging stations ourselves, and also providing necessary approvals, incentives and instant clearances for people who want to install charging stations,” Naidu announced.“We want 50 percent green cover and total green energy by tapping renewable energy such as solar energy in a big way. India has surplus sunlight and prices of solar power are set to become very cheap at Rs 2 per unit,” he added.
Kia Motors says that it will remain agnostic to technology and will wait and watch the government policies pan out in India before deciding upon its electrified model strategy in the country. Kia Motors India is looking forward to introduce 16 electrified global models including hybrids, plug-in hybrids, a fuel cell vehicle and battery powered electrics by 2025.