BPCL launches 6 EV Fast Charging highway corridorsMarch 16, 2023
BPCL (Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited), a ‘Maharatna’ and a Fortune Global 500 Company, today announced the launch of EV Fast-Charging stations on six highways in Western India.
These six highways are –
- Pune-Ahmednagar-Aurangabad – 240 KMs
- Pune-Solapur (4 ROs), 250 KMs
- Pune- Nashik (4 ROs), 200 KMs
- Pune-Kolhapur (3 RO s), 225 KMs
- Mumbai- Nashik (3 RO s) 200KMs and
- Nashik- Shirdi (3 RO s), 90 KMs
- With 30 KW fast charging stations installation at BPCL Fuel Stations, six highways (highways numbers) have been converted into electric corridors
- These corridors will remove range anxiety of the electric vehicles owners, driving on long distance
- Fuel Stations offers safe stoppage points for EV charging, along with clean toilets, restaurants, ideal for driving break
- BPCL will convert 200 National Highways by March 31st 2023 into electric corridors
The EV fast chargers at BPCL Fuel Stations recharges EVs in just about 30 minutes giving the driving range of upto 125 kilometers, therefore the distance between the two such facilities at highways have been kept within 100 kilometres.
So far, BPCL has converted 6 highways into electric corridors and going forward, by March 2023, 200 highways will be covered with Electric Vehicle Fast Chargers under the brand eDrive which carries the tagline
Clean. Fast. Easy, to support and accelerate the EV growth in the country.
These Fast EV Charging Corridors were inaugurated by –
- Shri P.S. Ravi, Executive Director Incharge (Retail) in presence of
- S. Abbas Akhtar, CGM (Brand & PR),
- Subhankar Sen, CGM (RETAIL INITIATIVES & BRAND), RETAIL HQ,
- Akshay Wadhwa, HEAD (RETAIL), WEST.
The fast chargers follow the CCS-2 protocol and are a part of BPCL’s initiative to address the range anxiety of electric vehicle owners.
Speaking at the launch, Shri. P.S. Ravi, Executive Director I/c (Retail), BPCL said
“We at BPCL are constantly striving to align ourselves with the nation’s vision to enhance clean mode of mobility and reduce dependence on the fossil fuels. We are steadily moving towards converting 7000 of our conventional Retail Outlets into Energy Stations which is a part of a comprehensive decarbonization strategy to support and prioritize sustainable initiatives. We are setting up fast charging highway corridors to eliminate the range, discovery and time anxiety form the EV customer travelling on highways. 400 such corridors by next year will cover almost every part of the country.”
All EV customers will be able to use the EV fast charging stations via a pay-per-use online service. The fast chargers can be self-operated without any manual assistance though support staff will be at hand when needed.
Bharat Petroleum Fuel Stations offer the consumers with added convenience of clean and hygienic washrooms, cash withdrawals, safe and secure parking while charging, free digital air facility, 24 hour operations and much more. Select fuel stations also offer Nitrogen filling facility. BPCL has digitized the entire EV charger locator, charger operations and transaction process through the HelloBPCL app for an online hassle free and transparent user experience.
Several of Bharat Petroleum’s highway fuel stations also offer hygienic food through its strategic alliances with leading brands such as:
- A2B, Cube Stop,
- Café Coffee Day and
- other local outlets.
Bharat Petroleum has also rolled out its chain of In & Out convenience stores at key fuel stations on highways for added convenience to its customers.
About Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL):
Fortune Global 500 Company, Bharat Petroleum is the second largest Indian Oil Marketing Company and one of the premier integrated energy companies in India, engaged in refining of crude oil and marketing of petroleum products, with a significant presence in the upstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry. The company attained the coveted Maharatna status, joining the elite club of companies having greater operational & financial autonomy.
Bharat Petroleum’s Refineries at Mumbai & Kochi and Bina at Madhya Pradesh have a combined refining capacity of around 35.3 MMTPA. Its marketing infrastructure includes a network of installations, depots, energy stations, aviation service stations and LPG distributors. Its distribution network comprises over 20,000 Energy Stations, over 6,200 LPG distributorships, 733 Lubes distributorships, and 123 POL storage locations, 54 LPG Bottling Plants, 60 Aviation Service Stations, 4 Lube blending plants and 4 cross-country pipelines.
Bharat Petroleum is integrating its strategy, investments, environmental and social ambitions to move towards a sustainable planet. The company has chalked out the plan to offer electric vehicle charging stations at around 7000 energy stations over next 5 years.
With a focus on sustainable solutions, the company is developing a vibrant ecosystem and a road-map to become a Net Zero Energy Company by 2040, in Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. Bharat Petroleum has been partnering communities by supporting innumerable initiatives connected primarily in the areas of education, water conservation, skill development, health, community development, capacity building and employee volunteering. With ‘Energising Lives’ as its core purpose, Bharat Petroleum’s vision is to be the most admired global energy company leveraging talent, innovation & technology.