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How Sunfuel Electric brought EV charging stations to popular holiday places

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SunFuel Electric, founded in 2020, installs advertisement-backed high-speed charging infrastructure for premium electric vehicles like as Mercedes (EQC and EQS), BMW (iX and i3), Audi E-Tron, Jaguar i-Pace, and Porsche Taycan.

SunFuel Electric, located in Gurugram, India, was founded in 2020 and provides advertisement-backed high-speed charging infrastructure for premium EVs like as Mercedes (EQC and EQS), BMW (iX and i3), Audi E-Tron, Jaguar i-Pace, and Porsche Taycan. These vehicles have been accessible in India for some time, however the charging infrastructure necessary for these vehicles is lacking. SunFuel is stepping in to fill that need.

In the process, the firm claims to be gaining high-visibility places in the luxury facilities of premium hosting partners such as Radisson Hotels, Country Inn Hotels, IHG Hotels, and golf clubs.

EVs allow customers to charge their vehicles in a variety of locations, including their residences. As a result, while public charging infrastructure is essential, it is still underutilised, even in countries where EV adoption has above 50%, such as Denmark and Norway.

Furthermore, the public charging infrastructure is divided into three components: destination charging, city charging, and highway charging. The business has deployed monolith chargers in the space of its host partners.

Monolith is a level 2 AC charger particularly intended for destination charging in high-end hotels and resorts. It is also used on golf courses such as the KGA, the Bangalore Golf Club, and the Trivandrum Golf Course. SunFuel’s key service is advertising-enabled experiential high-speed EV charging.

It employs an OCPP platform to allow its unique OTC (One Tap Charging) card to offer this charging experience. Users may find the charger using Google Maps, word-of-mouth, or the SunFuel app. Users must pay for charging services.

E-Trails, a community effort sponsored by Co-founder Gul Panag, is another component of its business approach. Under this project, SunFuel-enabled hotels contribute room nights to the E-Trails kitty on an annual basis.

ICRA Research predicts that EV penetration in India would rise over the next five years, particularly in the electric two-wheeler, three-wheeler, and e-bus categories.

The pre-revenue business intends to build 350+ chargers in 2023 (already confirmed traction) and 1,000 in the following year. It is already operational with 80 charging stations and has completed 4,500 charge sessions.

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