Tata deploys over 850 electric bus charging points in India

Tata Power has announced that its subsidiary Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited (TPREL) has installed more than 850 charging points for electric buses in India. The company's expansive charging network is helping electric buses become the new normal in public transport in many Indian cities.

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Tata Power, Indian conglomerate Tata Group’s power company, is aggressively expanding its renewable energy business through TPREL. The company has set up thousands of public EV charging points and more than 850 of them are electric bus charging points.

TPREL has strategically installed electric bus charging points in more than 30 bus depots in India’s prominent cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Dharwad, Jammu, and Srinagar. Goa, one of the country’s most popular states for tourism, also has Tata electric bus charging points. TPREL’s charging points include fast chargers that can offload power at the rate of 180-240 kW. The average charging time at these fast-charging points is 1 to 1.5 hours.

Various state transport corporations, including DTC, BEST, BMTC, JSCL, SSCL, and BRTS-AJL have benefitted from Tata Power’s electric bus charging network. Tata Power’s chargers have enabled more than 2,300 public electric buses across the country. In addition to installing electric bus charging points, the company has designed and built various bus depots in India.

Talking about Tata Power’s EV business during its Q4 FY2024 earnings conference call in May, MD and CEO Dr. Praveer Sinha said that the company has nearly 86,000 home chargers and more than 5,500 public chargers. The same month, the power company announced that it had sold 5,000 cards for its EZ Charge network of over 4,932 RFID-enabled EV-charging points, spread across 530 cities. Tata Power aims to install approximately 25,000 EV charging points in India by 2028.

In addition to its electric vehicle charging network, Tata Power’s renewable energy business involves wind and solar energy generation. The company is into thermal and hydro energy generation as well. It has an operational capacity of 14,790 MW, of which 40% or 5,930 MW to be more specific, comes from clean energy sources. The company’s diversified portfolio includes solar roof solutions, energy transmission and distribution, energy management solutions, and consultancy and advisory services as well.



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