BPCL and Tata Electric Mobility Collaborate to Deploy 7,000 EV Charging Stations Across India
India’s electric vehicle (EV) scene is set for a massive boost as Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Limited (TPEM) join hands to deploy 7,000 EV chargers across the nation. This collaboration taps into BPCL’s fuel stations and TPEM’s expertise in Tata EVs to drive this initiative forward.
A Pioneering Partnership
Rahul Tandon from Retail BPCL Balaje Rajan from Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles Limited and Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Ltd have inked a pivotal agreement. Their primary goal? To revolutionize EV distribution, underlining a strong commitment to this transformative objective.
Commitment to Sustainable Energy
Santosh Kumar, Executive Director, In-charge Retail at BPCL, emphasized the company’s commitment to sustainable energy initiatives. He highlighted BPCL’s endeavour to convert 7,000 conventional retail outlets into energy stations, forming a crucial part of their comprehensive decarbonization strategy aligned with India’s vision for net zero carbon emissions by 2040.
Impact on the EV Market
Kumar highlighted the potential impact of teaming up with TPEM on the Indian EV market. With TPEM boasting over 115,000 Tata EVs on the roads and a commanding 71% market share in the e-mobility sector, this collaboration marks a pivotal step in encouraging widespread EV adoption in India.
Catalyzing EV Adoption
Shailesh Chandra, Managing Director of Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles Limited and Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Ltd., stressed the critical need for a robust charging infrastructure. Chandra emphasized that a reliable charging network would serve as a catalyst for speeding up EV adoption across India. The collaboration between BPCL and TPEM aligns with their shared vision to foster positive change and create an enabling infrastructure for the expanding EV customer base.
Strengthening the Infrastructure
In November 2023, BPCL entrusted Servotech Power Systems Ltd. with an order for 2,649 AC EV chargers. India’s leading EV charger manufacturer will manufacture, supply, and install these chargers at BPCL’s fuel stations in major cities as part of the BPCL E-Drive Project.
Government Support and Expansion
In March 2023, the central government allocated Rs 800 crore to oil companies, including BPCL, to set up over 7,000 EV charging stations in the country’s second phase of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME II) scheme. These new stations will supplement the existing 6,586 public EV charging stations nationwide, further bolstering the EV infrastructure landscape in India.
This collective effort between BPCL and TPEM, buoyed by government support, marks a significant leap forward in India’s EV journey, promising a more accessible and robust charging network for the growing fleet of electric vehicles in the country.