Bharat Petroleum to install charging infrastructure at gas stations

The Indian petroleum company Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd (BPCL) wants to turn all its petrol stations in India into “energy stations” that also offer charging options for electric vehicles.

As a first step, charging stations will be set up at 7,000 of BPCL’s more than 19,000 petrol stations by December 2024. BPCL will initially focus on locations on highways and in cities prioritised by the Indian government. On highways, fast chargers will be set up every 100 kilometres in both directions. A total of around 400 sites are planned on highways, of which 80 are already operational. Currently, Bharat Petroleum has a total of 747 charging stations and 13 battery exchange stations.

“Over the next few years, we are aiming at reaching the count of 7,000 stations to support the growing EV industry and these stations would be known as ‘Energy Stations’. EV charging infrastructure is one of the five focused segments that BPCL is working on along with Petchem, Gas, Consumer Retailing, Renewables & Biofuels that will serve the energy needs of the nation,” said Mr G Krishnakumar, Chairman & Managing Director of Bharat Petroleum.

In March, the Indian government had awarded the equivalent of around 90 million euros to the petroleum companies Indian Oil (IOCL), Bharat Petroleum (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum (HPCL) to build a total of nearly 7,500 new public DC points by March 2024.,


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