Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), a ‘Maharatna’ and a Fortune Global 500 Company, announced the launch of 19 EV Fast-Charging stations at 110 fuel stations along 15 highways in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
The company has launched 3 corridors with 19 fuel stations in Kerala, 6 Corridors with 33 fuel stations in Karnataka and 10 corridors with 58 fuel stations in Tamil Nadu.
The 19 Highway Corridors are:
Bangalore -Mysore - Bandipur
Bangalore – Tirupathi
Chennai Pondichery – Velankanni
Coimbatore – Karur
Trichy - Thanjavur – Nagapattinam
Hosur - Salem-Karur-Madurai -Tirunelveli- Kanyakumari
Salem – Ulundurrpet
Coimbatore – Salem
‘It takes just 30 minutes to charge an EV, giving the driving range of upto 125 kilometers at our fuel stations, therefore we have maintained the distance within 100 kilometers between the two charging stations’, said Pushp Kumar Nayar, Head Retail South at the launch.
These corridors will connect important religious and tourist destinations with cities, like Tirupathi in Andhra Pradesh& Bandipur National Park in Karnataka; Ranaganthaswamy Temple, Jambukeswar Temple. The famous religious places covered in Kerala are Guruvayoor temple and Kadampuzha temple, Vallarpadam National shrine of Basilica, St.Antony's Church , Koratty and Markaz Knowledge City& Early Sunrise watch at Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu and Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai, and many more.
So far, BPCL has converted 21Highways into electric corridors and going forward, by March 2023, 200 highways will be covered with Electric Vehicle Fast Chargers to support and accelerate the EV growth in the country.
These Fast EV Charging Corridors were inaugurated by P.S. Ravi, Executive Director Incharge (Retail) in presence of Pushp Kumar Nayar, Head Retail South, Kannabiran D. , State Head (Retail) Kerala, Subhankar Sen, Chief General Manager (Retail Initiative & Brand) at the launch event in Ernakulam, Kerala.
Ravi said ‘The fast chargers are easy to use. They can be self-operated without any manual assistance, though support staff will be available if needed. BPCL has digitized the entire EV charger locator, charger operations and transaction process through the HelloBPCL app for an online hassle free and transparent user experience.’
Several of BPCL’s highway fuel stations also offer hygienic food through its strategic alliances with leading brands such as McDonald’s, A2B, Cube Stop, Café Coffee Day and other local outlets. Bharat Petroleum has also rolled out its chain of In & Out convenience stores at key fuel stations on highways for added convenience to its customers.
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