Hindustan Petroleum Sets up 1st EV Charging Station in Vadodara

Hindustan Petroleum has set up its very first EV charging station in Gujarat at the Karelibag locality in Vadodara.

Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) has announced that it has set up its very first electric vehicle (EV) charging station in Gujarat at the Karelibag locality in Vadodara.

After inaugurating the facility on Thursday, HPCL Director (Marketing) Rakesh Misri said that it is the first charging station set up by HPCL in Gujarat. Hindustan Petroleum will plan, develop and install EV charging facilities at suitable locations throughout the country. Increased access to charging infrastructure is vital for the uptake of electric mobility across the entire EV ecosystem Misri added.

The EV stops will be equipped to charge two, three, and four-wheeler vehicles. With the installation of public charging stations, the range anxiety of EV owners is expected to reduce, which will increase the adoption of electric mobility.

HPCL will also establish more visibility of charging infrastructure, sending a signal to the general public that India’s electric mobility vision is being realised in full potential said Misri.

In December 2019, we had reported that in a bid to promote EVs under the National Electric Mobility (e-mobility) Programme, government-backed Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) had entered into a two-year MoU with HPCL to set up public charging infrastructure.

The objective behind the MoU was synergising business development for setting up of public charging infrastructure to ramp up e-mobility in the country. And the two firms will collaborate for planning, development and installation of charging infrastructure at suitable locations for two, three, and four-wheeler vehicles.

It is also expected that with the installation of these public charging stations, the range anxiety of EV owners will reduce, and also help in increasing the adoption of e-mobility in India.  

Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director of EESL had said that the increased access to charging infrastructure is vital for the uptake of electric mobility across the entire EV ecosystem of two, three, and four-wheelers.

“Along with addressing the range anxiety concerns that EV-adopters may have, our partnership with HPCL will also establish more visibility of charging infrastructure, sending a signal to the general public that India’s electric mobility vision is being realised in full potential,” Kumar had said.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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