Only last week Tata Energy announced its partnership with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) to set up EV Charging stations at major HP petrol pumps in various cities and highways across India. The ONGC subsidiary has now joined hands with state-run Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) to set up an EV charging network across major cities in India. The two have signed an agreement for the next 10 years which aims to utilize HPCL retail outlets to set up these EV charging stations.
The collaboration will establish all kinds of charging options at HP petrol pumps, ranging from fast chargers to regular slow chargers, in Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Pune. The EV charging points will be operated through an app of the state-run agency. CESL and HPCL will also identify major highways across India where adequate charging infrastructure can be installed and established.
Mahua Acharya, MD & CEO, CESL, said, “Having a technologically-advanced and well-equipped charging infrastructure, with efficient accessibility is an important factor for making the transition to electric vehicles. This agreement is a part of our endeavor to help India achieve its e-mobility mission, and to decarbonize transport sector in totality. HPCL’s long-standing heritage and established presence in several cities will be a key in our goal to propel an ecosystem for EVs and enable their widespread adoption.”
HPCL is one of India’s leading oil companies with more than 20,000 retail outlets spread across the country. CESL is a 100 per cent owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited. It is a new energy company focused on delivering clean, affordable and reliable energy.
“Convergence Energy Services limited (CESL) – a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) – has signed an agreement with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) for setting up of charging infrastructure in selected retail outlets in several cities across the country,” a statement said. Apart from Tata Energy and CESL, HPCL had also recently tied up with another agency called Shuchi Anant Virya to set up a nationwide network of public electric vehicle charging points across its retail outlets.
With its widespread network and continuous collaboration efforts, HPCL could play a major role in India’s go-green drive, by helping in eliminating the range anxiety among customers which is currently one of the biggest hindrances in the path of EV adoption in India. A wider and denser network of charging stations across the country is an essential requirement for higher penetration of green mobility. And all these three HPCL partnerships will definitely benefit the EV users by providing them easy access to charging points.