Tata Power has joined hands with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) to set up end-to-end electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at HP petrol pumps. Tata will provide its EV charging infrastructure at HPCL outlets across multiple cities and major highways across India. The EV users will be able to access charging with the Tata Power EZ charge mobile platform.
The partnership could prove to be a gamechanger in the promotion of electric vehicles as it will allow easy access to public charging stations to EV owners across various locations like conventional fuels. This move will also boost the government’s National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) for the faster adoption of xEVs (full range of hybrid and electric vehicles) and their manufacturing in the country.
Tata Power currently has a network of over 500 public chargers across more than 100 cities, which spans from petrol pumps, metro stations, shopping malls, theatres to highways. These charging stations cover all segments of the EV ecosystem, like public, captive charging, home and workplace charging, as well as ultra-rapid chargers for buses.
This new partnership will benefit the EV users by providing them easy access to charging points. HP runs one of the largest network of petrol pumps in India, and an EV charger at each one of them is perhaps the largest ever effort undertaken to develop EV infra in the country. It will also help remove their range anxiety that is currently one of the biggest hindrances in the path of EV adoption. A wider and denser network of charging stations across the country is an essential requirement for higher penetration of green mobility.
On the collaboration, Sai Kumar Suri, Hindustan Petroleum’s Executive Director (Retail), said, “HPCL as a key player in the energy sector is committed to provide sustainable energy solutions to our customers . HPCL with its vast network comprising of more than 18000 retail outlets and Tata Power with its strong presence and expertise in the EV charging segment bring a unique strategic partnership to create a pan India charging ecosystem with end- to end solutions .”
“We are excited to partner with HPCL who share our vision of sustainable mobility. This strategic tie-up provides us access to a vast retail base of HPCL, especially in cities and along the key highways .The move will tremendously benefit the EV users as it will not only provide them easy access to charging points but also remove the range anxiety, resulting in wider adoption of electric vehicles in the country,” expressed Sandeep Bangia, head of EV Charging at Tata Power.