BPCL and Ather Energy collaborate to expand India's EV charging infrastructure


BPCL and Ather Energy collaborate to expand India’s EV charging infrastructure



Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and Ather Energy have partnered strategically to strengthen and grow the nation’s largest EV charging network.

According to a statement from the firm, Ather Energy will have access to BPCL’s enormous network of more than 21,000 petrol stations throughout India, clearing the door for the construction of Ather’s fast-charging grid.

With more than 1,400 chargers scattered over 100 cities, Ather Energy currently manages India’s largest EV charging network as part of its ambition to build a reliable and extensive charging infrastructure. The partnership with BPCL is expected to hasten the growth of the Ather Grid and serve the growing demand for Ather electric scooters across the country. Via the Ather App, which provides real-time information on charger availability and streamlines the charging process, users will have the ease of finding fast chargers.

Through this strategic alliance, Ather Energy is able to expand its coverage in urban areas and set up charging stations along intercity routes that see considerable traffic. 

Four fast chargers have been successfully installed by Ather Energy throughout Delhi NCR in the first phase. 

By the end of the year, the company hopes to ramp up to more than 100 rapid chargers at BPCL outlets all over India.

BPCL has set its eyes on creating a network of 7,000 Energy Stations across India, where it has been at the forefront of promoting the use of clean energy solutions. As electric two-wheelers continue to be the most popular EVs, BPCL’s strategic partnership with Ather Energy, known for its technological leadership in the electric two-wheeler market, is a critical first step in establishing a new era of cutting-edge EV charging solutions at Energy Stations and opening the door for novel EV solutions.

Ravneet Phokela, chief business officer, Ather Energy, said, “A robust and extensive charging infrastructure is critical to accelerate electric vehicle adoption in the country. This is why Ather Energy has invested in the creation of India’s largest electric vehicle charging network. Our partnership with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) builds the momentum even further to create a widespread, nationwide charging network.” 

Rajiv Dutta, head, retail North, BPCL, said, “BPCL are constantly striving to align ourselves with the nations vision to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040. We are steadily moving closer to our goal to converting 7000 of our conventional Retail Outlets into Energy Stations which is a part of a comprehensive decarbonization strategy to support and prioritize sustainable initiatives. Electric 2 wheelers are leading EV adoption, a charging infrastructure at Retail Outlets would bring confidence and convenience to early EV adopters. “

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