Jio-bp commissions India’s largest EV charging hub in Delhi
Jio-bp, a joint venture between Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and energy major bp has announced that it has inaugurated India's largest EV charging hub in Delhi.
This according to the company is a part of its major goal of operating a fuel retail network, offering multiple fuel choices including EV charging infrastructure.
The Jio-bp EV charging hub has been set up in Dwarka, Delhi. At present, its primary customer is BluSmart.
The company had launched its first Mobility Station at Navde, Navi Mumbai back in October, and since has been focussing on scaling up its network. BP had acquired a 49 percent stake in over 1,400 petrol pumps and 31 aviation turbine fuel (ATF) stations owned by Reliance back in 2019 for $1 billion. Now, the joint venture is looking to expand this number up to 5,500 by 2025.
The company claims to be looking to set up a network of EV charging stations and battery swap stations, at its petrol pumps, which it refers to as 'Mobility Stations'. Whereas standalone points for EV charging stations and battery swap stations are being referred to as 'Mobility Points'.
"Jio-bp Mobility Stations are designed to help meet this growing demand and are ideally located to suit customer convenience. They bring together a range of services for consumers on the move – including additivised fuels, EV charging, refreshments & food, and plan to offer more low carbon solutions over time," Reliance-bp had stated in October last year.
The company has also said that Jio-bp Mobility Stations across the country will be offering additivised fuel, at no extra cost. This fuel will contain an internationally developed 'ACTIVE' technology, which forms a protective layer on critical engine parts to help keep the engines clean, according to the company.
With the joint venture, the company also plans to leverage Reliance's wide customer base across India from its Jio and Reliance Retail lines. Apart from normal fuel and electric fuel options, the company is also looking to offer differentiated fuels, lubricants, convenience, and advanced low-carbon mobility solutions to its customers.