According to recent data from the petroleum and natural gas ministry, approximately 9,000 petrol pumps across the country now provide electric vehicle (EV) charging services. This number accounts for around one-tenth of the total petrol pumps in the country. The figures indicate a significant increase in the availability of charging facilities at these outlets, with 8,853 pumps offering such services as of the beginning of June. This represents a substantial rise from the 3,423 pumps that provided EV charging a year ago. Fossil fuel retailers are actively expanding their infrastructure to accommodate alternative energy options at their outlets.
According to an industry executive, the significant expansion of EV charging facilities at petrol pumps is a result of both government initiatives and the recognition by companies of the need to establish a presence in the alternative energy sector rapidly. This development aims to address range anxiety among prospective EV owners and expedite the transition towards electric mobility. Moreover, an official stated that the increased availability of charging infrastructure in urban areas and along highways will play a crucial role in encouraging the adoption of electric vehicles.
Among the petrol pump operators in India, Indian Oil Corporation holds the top position with the largest number of pumps equipped with EV charging facilities. Out of its total 36,400 outlets, approximately 5,600 pumps, accounting for about 15% of its network, offer charging services for electric vehicles. Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL), the second-largest operator, provides charging facilities at 2,100 of its fuel stations, which represents around a tenth of its total pumps. BPCL, another prominent operator, offers EV charging at 738 pumps out of its 21,100 outlets.
Source: The Economic Times