As a part of the initiative, the companies will set up charging infrastructure for two-wheeled electric vehicles (EVs) across the country, thereby providing a fillip to mass mobility’s transition towards an electrified future, a press release from Hero MotoCorp stated.
Dr Pawan Munjal, Chairman and CEO, Hero MotoCorp, said, “We believe that a smooth and rapid adoption of EVs will be possible only when the customers have easy and convenient access to the supporting infrastructure, especially public charging, and our collaboration with HPCL will go a long way in meeting this requirement.”
It is noted that Hero MotoCorp will lead the infrastructure development for the charging network, with each charging station featuring multiple smart and fast chargers, including DC and AC chargers that will be available to all two-wheeled EVs.
Additionally, the entire user charging experience will be controlled by a Hero MotoCorp Mobile App, based on a cashless transaction model.
The release added that the collaboration will first establish charging infrastructure at HPCL’s existing network of nationwide energy stations, with the likelihood of broadening the collaboration for supplementary business opportunities.
In the first phase, charging stations will be set up in select cities, which will then be expanded to other key markets.
Dr Pushp Kumar Joshi, Chairman & Managing Director, HPCL, noted that more than 60% of the EVs sold in India are 2-wheelers, and therefore, a robust charging ecosystem for them is the need of the hour so that there is no range anxiety among the owners of the e2Ws.