Wednesday 3 October 2018

Tata Power and HPCL join hands to set up EV charging station.

We could soon witness a shift from diesel guzzling cars to quiet and clean electric vehicles. To encourage this shift, the government has ended a permit system for the adoption of electric vehicles. There are subsidies under FAME policy too. The electric charging station is a vital infrastructure for the adoption of electric vehicles. Soon, you could charge your electric vehicle at your nearest HPCL outlet. We just hope that these are fast chargers.

Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power utility and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), a Navratna Oil & Gas Public Sector Undertaking, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently for setting up commercial-scale charging stations for Electric Vehicles at the HPCL retail outlets and other locations across India. Electric car evangelists believe that this is a landmark MoU for India's electric mobility future.

Tata Power and HPCL, through this new landmark MoU, have agreed to collaborate in planning, development and operation of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (e-cars, e-rickshaws, e-bikes, e-buses, etc) at suitable locations across India. Both entities also intend to additionally explore areas of opportunities & collaboration in related fields like Renewable Energy.

“We are delighted to announce our partnership with HPCL. It is a significant move towards expanding our services to our customers beyond conventional boundaries.  By servicing electric vehicles through the proposed charging stations across India, Tata Power will be playing a crucial role in enabling a stronger penetration of EVs in the country, thus fulfilling our commitment to power India’s future in an environmentally sustainable way.” - Mr. Praveer Sinha, CEO & Managing Director, Tata Power.

Tata Power has been the front runner to propagate the change towards sustainable energy. We aim to continuously grow our EV charging infrastructure footprints by installing charging stations at strategic locations. Tata Power's association with HPCL will help us to scale our EV infrastructure at the national level as well as provide our customers with world-class services.

"At HPCL, we are a firm believer in business diversification and being future ready. A major impediment to electric vehicles adoption is the range anxiety which needs to be addressed through establishment of nationwide charging infrastructure. We believe that a robust network of charging stations is very critical for market acceptability of EVs which will also ensure last mile connectivity and thereby facilitate widespread adoption of EVs. Tata Power with its focussed approach towards sustainable and clean energy and wider outreach across the power value chain, provides an excellent opportunity for an integrated Oil and Gas company like HPCL to collaborate for promoting the e-mobility initiative. We intend to leverage on our vast marketing infrastructure network in the form of Retail Outlets and other locations for setting up of electric vehicle charging stations on pan India basis”. - Mr. Rajnish Mehta, Executive Director, Corporate Strategy Planning and Business Development, HPCL.

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