Ather Energy partners with BPCL to expand Ather Grid
Ather Energy will gain access to BPCL's extensive network of over 21,000 fuel stations across India, facilitating the installation of Ather’s public fast-charging Grid, marking a significant milestone in the advancement of EV charging infrastructure in India
Hyderabad: Ather Energy, India's leading electric scooter manufacturer, has partnered with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), to further strengthen and expand India's largest EV two-wheeler fast charging network, the Ather Grid. Through this strategic collaboration, Ather Energy will gain access to BPCL's extensive network of over 21,000 fuel stations across India, facilitating the installation of Ather’s public fast-charging Grid.
This collaboration strengthens Ather Energy's coverage in metropolitan areas and facilitates the deployment of charging infrastructure along intercity routes with high usage. In its initial phase, Ather Energy has successfully installed four fast chargers at various locations in Delhi NCR. The company plans to scale up to over 100 fast chargers at BPCL locations across India by the end of the year.
With the vision to build a robust and widespread charging infrastructure, Ather Energy already boasts India’s largest EV two-wheeler charging network, with more than 1,400 chargers located across 100 cities. By teaming up with BPCL, Ather Energy aims to accelerate the expansion of the Ather Grid, catering to the growing customer base of Ather electric scooters nationwide. Users can conveniently locate these fast chargers through the Ather App, which offers real-time information on charger availability, facilitating seamless planning of charging sessions.
Commenting on this partnership, Ravneet Phokela, Chief Business Officer, Ather Energy, said, “Since inception, Ather Energy has focused on building a robust and extensive charging infrastructure, which is critical to accelerating EV adoption in the country. Our partnership with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL),India's leading oil and gas company, builds the momentum even further to create a widespread, nationwide fast-charging network. This collaboration will enable us to leverage BPCL's 21000 fuel stations, bringing Ather Grid closer to our customers across the country. As EV adoption continues to grow, we believe strategic alliances like these play a crucial role in making charging infrastructure more accessible.”
Rajiv Dutta, Head Retail North, BPCL, said, “BPCL are constantly striving to align ourselves with the nations vision to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040. We are steadily moving closer to our goal to converting 7000 of our conventional Retail Outlets into Energy Stations which is a part of a comprehensive decarbonization strategy to support and prioritize sustainable initiatives. Electric 2 wheelers are leading EV adoption, a charging infrastructure at Retail Outlets would bring confidence and convenience to early EV adopters.”
BPCL remains at the forefront of accelerating the spread of clean energy in the country. With the aim of creating a network of 7000 Energy Stations across India, EV charging takes center stage in BPCL’s endeavors. India’s personal mobility is primarily driven by two-wheelers, and electric two-wheelers have been early adopters of electric mobility. BPCL’s alliance with Ather Energy is a strategic step towards ushering in an era of best-in-class EV charging solutions for the customers in their Energy Stations and an exciting future of innovative solutions in the EV sector.