Tata and Shell boost EV charging network across India
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Tata and Shell boost EV charging network across India

In a significant move to enhance India’s electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Ltd. (TPEM) has partnered with Shell India Markets Private Limited (SIMPL) to develop a nationwide network of public EV charging stations. This collaboration aims to leverage Shell’s extensive fuel station network and TPEM’s experience from over 140,000 Tata EVs on the road, targeting locations frequented by EV owners.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the two companies seeks not only to expand India’s charging infrastructure but also to integrate customer-centric features such as convenient payment systems and loyalty programs, thereby enhancing the EV ownership experience.

As India’s leading EV manufacturer with a 71% market share in the electric passenger vehicle segment, TPEM continues to spearhead the growth of the domestic EV ecosystem. This includes initiatives like launching the first EV-exclusive store in Gurugram and collaborating with various charge point operators.

Shell aims to redefine the EV charging experience through its Shell EV Recharge stations, known for their reliability and ultra-fast charging capabilities. These stations also provide a range of amenities including retail options, enhancing the overall customer experience.

The partnership is praised by Balaje Rajan, chief strategy officer at Tata Passenger Electric Mobility and Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles, and Sanjay Varkey, director at Shell India, who both highlight the alliance’s potential to dramatically shift India’s EV charging behavior and support the broader adoption of electric vehicles in the country.

This strategic initiative is expected to significantly contribute to the growth of EV adoption in India, reflecting a global trend where adequate charging infrastructure has proven key to increasing EV use.