Kia Mo­tors In­dia signs MOU with AP Govt

The Northlines - - BUSINESS - JAMMU DEC 07

Kia Mo­tors In­dia, the world's 8th largest au­tomaker, to­day signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MOU) with the state of Andhra Pradesh to col­lab­o­rate on the 'Part­ner­ship for Fu­ture Eco Mo­bil­ity', The part­ner­ship re­in­forces Kia's com­mit­ment to sup­port the Andhra Pradesh gov­ern­ment in grow­ing the up­take of elec­tric ve­hi­cles (EV) and the devel­op­ment of a lo­cal EV in­fra­struc­ture.

The mem­o­ran­dum was signed in the pres­ence of the Hon­ourable Chief Min­is­ter of Andhra Pradesh Shri N. Chan­drababu Naidu and Mr.kookhyun Shim, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor and CEO of Kia Mo­tors In­dia.as part of the agree­ment, Kia Mo­tors has pro­vided the gov­ern­ment with three ex­am­ples of its global best­selling eco car - a Niro Hy­brid, Niro Plug-in Hy­brid and a Niro EV. Kia is also in­stalling a ve­hi­cle charg­ing sta­tion at Vi­jayawada, for rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the re­gional gov­ern­ment to charge their new en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly fleet.

The part­ner­ship sig­ni­fies Kia's long-term com­mit­ment to build ecofriendly ve­hi­cles at its new Anan­ta­pur plant in Andhra Pradesh, an im­por­tant step for the fu­ture of clean mo­bil­ity in the rapidly ex­pand­ing In­dian mar­ket. The Andhra Pradesh gov­ern­men­tis de­vel­op­ing 14 'smart cities', en­hanc­ing the lives of res­i­dentsand en­abling busi­nesses to op­ti­mizetheir re­sources. As part of Kia's com­mit­ment to the mar­ket, the Korean brand is work­ing with the re­gional gov­ern­ment to de­sign a new gen­er­a­tion of trans­porta­tion sys­tems that best serve the cit­i­zens in each of these cities.

This is part of a wider plan by Kia to of­fer al­ter­na­tive mo­bil­ity within the In­dian mar­ket.

"Fu­ture mo­bil­ity will be de­fined by con­nected and sus­tain­able tech­nolo­gies that play an im­por­tant role in bring­ing cus­tomer life­styles and what's good for the en­vi­ron­ment to­gether," said Mr. Kookhyun Shim.

"Kia is tak­ing a lead in the global eco-friendly ve­hi­cle mar­ket, and we are con­fi­dent of achiev­ing the same in In­dia. This new part­ner­ship with the Andhra Pradesh gov­ern­ment high­lights how we can sup­port the growth of EV in­fra­struc­ture and up­take of eco-friendly ve­hi­cles, bring­ing ex­cit­ing new pos­si­bil­i­ties for fu­ture mo­bil­ity in In­dia."

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