Chinese auto manufacturer MG Motor has announced its partnership with BPCL (Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited) to set up charging infrastructure across India. MG Motor is looking to add more charging stations within city limits and also on the state and national highways of India. The company says this will allow EV owners to plan intercity travel with ease and also encourage new buyers to opt for an electric vehicle.
BPCL has over 19,000 fuel stations across the country and MG Motor is looking forward to setting up charging stations at its outlets. “BPCL’s strong presence and vast network in India will ensure that existing and prospective customers across the country have convenient access to charging solutions”, MG Motor India President and Managing Director, Rajeev Chaba said. This collaboration will enable them to set up charging facilities at a rapid pace, he added.
BPCL Chairman and Managing Director, Arun Kumar Singh commented “As we herald the phase of the rapid energy transition to electric mobility, BPCL is at the forefront of addressing the three big anxieties amongst electric vehicle owners (range anxiety, time anxiety, and discovery anxiety) in order to build consumer confidence for the accelerated adoption of electric vehicles in the country”.
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BPCL will be setting up about 7,000 fast charging stations in the country by 2024-25. These charging stations will be fully equipped with hygienic washrooms, a customer lounge, refreshments, ATM facilities, and more. It will provide options of AC and DC chargers to suit a wide range of electric vehicles.
BPCL had announced back in 2021 that it will be investing about ₹1 lakh crores over the next five years, focusing on alternate fuels and renewable energy. Earlier this year, Hero MotoCorp had formed a similar strategic partnership with BPCL to set up EV charging stations for its upcoming electric two-wheelers. We may see more such tie-ups from different manufacturers and PSUs (Public Sector Undertaking) in the future.