State-run Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) joined hands with Tata Power for setting up end-to-end EV charging stations at HPCL’s 18000 retail outlets or petrol pumps in multiple cities and major highways across the country.
Under the agreement, Tata Power will provide state-of-the-art EV charging infrastructure at HPCL pumps for EV users who can travel within cities and intercity without any range anxiety.
The charging is enabled with the Tata Power EZ charge mobile platform (an award-winning app) which makes it a seamless experience for vehicle owners.
Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL), the largest of the three big oil marketers, on the other hand, has set up 257 charging stations and 29 battery swapping stations throughout the country. The company is also working on aluminum air battery technology with a foreign technology company to put up a manufacturing facility in India.
Their strategy is also in line with the government’s National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) which aims to develop electric vehicle charging infrastructure using the latest technology platform along with easy access to electric vehicles for charging points.
Development and availability of electric vehicle charging infrastructure is a key requirement for the proliferation of EVs in India and oil companies through forging such partnerships plan to facilitate the same in addition to diversifying their business.
Reference- Tata Power Newsroom, HPCL website, Live Mint, Business Standard, The Hindu