Audi India inaugurates country’s first RE-powered ultra-fast charging station

December 15, 2023
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Mumbai, December 15, 2023: Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer, today inaugurated India’s first ultra-fast charging station in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Mumbai. Conceptualized and developed in collaboration with ChargeZone, this ultra-fast charger boasts an impressive, total capacity of 450kW, to deliver 360kW of power to an electric vehicle and is enabled by a 500 amps liquid-cooled gun to ensure high performance and efficiency. 

The Audi Q8 55 e-tron with a 114 kWh battery(the largest battery on a passenger vehicle in India) can charge from 20% to 80% in just  26 minutes. In line with Audi’s focus on sustainability, the ultra-fast charging ‘e-tron hub’ is completely powered by green energy and has a solar roof that supports the functioning of peripheral electrical requirements including lighting the ‘e-tron hub’.

Commenting on the occasion, Alexander von Waldenburg-Dresel, Senior Director, Sales Region Overseas, Audi AG, said, “At Audi, we remain committed to expanding the charging network for electric vehicles and I am very happy that Audi in India has taken the lead on this subject. Setting up India’s fastest EV charger in Mumbai is a great feat and reflects the evolution of EVs in the country. This fast charger will ensure that customers in the city of Mumbai will benefit from convenient, on-the-go charging.”

Mr. Balbir Singh Dhillon, Head of Audi India said, “The inauguration of India's first, ultra-fast charging station by Audi India is a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to develop a comprehensive electric vehicle ecosystem for our valued customers. The ultra-fast charging ‘e-tron hub’ is located in the heart of Mumbai – Bandra Kurla Complex; which is accessible to a large number of electric vehicle owners. The rapid charging infrastructure is pivotal in alleviating concerns about range limitations, ensuring a seamless experience and considerably less charging time. We are not only establishing new benchmarks within the industry but also reinforcing our dedication to the future of sustainable mobility.” 

The ultra-fast charging station is designed to provide a hassle-free experience and absolute peace of mind, featuring high-powered guns that allow for fast charging. In addition, premium coffee vouchers are available for e-tron owners who charge their e-tron at the hub. The ultra-fast charging ‘e-tron hub’ features a lounge for e-tron owners to relax in while their car is being charged. The hub will be staffed with trained personnel, readily available to offer any necessary assistance. Audi e-tron owners can access information about the ultra-fast charging ‘e-tron hub’ via their ‘myAudi Connect’ App, making it easy to navigate to the location. 

Kartikey Hariyani, Founder & CEO, CHARGE ZONE added, "I am extremely delighted with this landmark collaboration between Audi India and CHARGE ZONE for the co-development of a supercharging network in our country.  With an increased growth of electric cars in India, it is clearly evident that an integrated approach of technology, upstream renewable energy, suitable locations are a must for providing a seamless experience to the EV users and it is heartening to see that team Audi India is aligned with our strategic plan of design, engineering & execution.  I would like to express my gratitude to our partners for making this possible."

Earlier this year, Audi India introduced ‘Charge my Audi’ on the myAudiConnect app – a one-stop solution that gives Audi e-tron customers access to multiple electric vehicle charging partners, all on one app. ‘Charge my Audi’ is an industry-first initiative that enhances convenience for customers. The application, powered by the Numocity Technologies eMSP roaming solution, currently includes five charging partners – Aargo EV Smart, Charge Zone, Relux Electric, LionCharge and Zeon Charging. Audi e-tron customers benefit from complimentary charging across the network (except on Zeon charging) till March 2024. Currently, 1,000+ charge points are available to Audi e-tron owners on ‘Charge my Audi’ with more to be added over the next few months. 

Audi India has successfully installed 140+ chargers across 73 cities in India – this includes all Audi India dealerships, workshop facilities and select SAVWIPL Group brand dealerships located across strategic highways in the country to enhance ease of ownership.

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