NEW DELHI, 3 July 2023: The number of petrol pumps in India offering electric vehicle (EV) charging services has increased significantly in recent months. According to data from the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, as of the beginning of June, there were approximately 9,000 petrol pumps across the country with EV charging facilities. This represents around one-tenth of the total number of petrol pumps in India.
EV charging infrastructure expansion
The expansion of EV charging infrastructure at petrol pumps is being driven by a number of factors, including government initiatives, the growing popularity of electric vehicles, and the increasing demand for charging stations in urban areas and along highways.
The Indian government has been providing a number of incentives to promote the adoption of electric vehicles, including tax breaks, subsidies, and the installation of charging stations. These incentives have helped to boost the sales of electric vehicles in India, which grew by 150% in 2022.
The growing popularity of electric vehicles is also a major factor driving the expansion of EV charging infrastructure at petrol pumps. As more and more people switch to electric vehicles, the demand for charging stations is increasing. This is particularly true in urban areas, where people are more likely to own electric vehicles and where there is less space for private charging stations.
The increasing demand for charging stations along highways is also a major factor driving the expansion of EV charging infrastructure at petrol pumps. Electric vehicles have a limited range, so it is important for drivers to have access to charging stations when they are traveling long distances. Petrol pumps are located along highways, so they are a convenient place for drivers to charge their electric vehicles.
The expansion of EV charging infrastructure at petrol pumps is a positive development for the growth of the electric vehicle market in India. It will make it easier for people to adopt electric vehicles and will help to reduce air pollution.