Through the partnership, both companies will collaborate in the planning, development and operation of EV charging infrastructure
Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd’s joint venture Jio-bp has announced a partnership electric ride-hailing platform with BluSmart to set up a network of commercial large scale EV charging stations.
As part of the partnership, Jio-bp will set up these stations for passenger electric vehicles and fleets across the country, beginning with the national capital. Each charging station will have the capacity to accommodate a minimum of 30 vehicles.
BluSmart has the largest fleet of EV cabs and the largest network of fast-charging stations across Delhi NCR, as per the companies’ statement. It aims to expand to other major cities across India.
“Leveraging BP’s learnings from the UK with BP Pulse, where they have the country’s largest EV charging network, from Germany through their Aral brand, Jio-bp intends to bring in the latest in EV technology to our consumers,” said Harish C. Mehta, chief executive officer, Jio-bp.
Ambani unveiled a new clean energy unit of the conglomerate during its June AGM. It is in accordance with this vision, said Mehta, that its advanced mobility teams are working tirelessly to create cleaner and smarter ways for Indians to travel.
“Our partnership with BluSmart is a significant milestone in our vision of offering new age low-carbon emitting, cleaner and more affordable options,” he said.
Through the partnership, both companies will collaborate in planning, development and operation of EV charging infrastructure, at suitable locations across cities where BluSmart operates.
“BluSmart operates large EV charging Superhubs powering the burgeoning EV fleet. EV superhubs are the future of EV charging as it provides seamless charging access to consumers and ride-hailing fleets and we will be jointly building some of the largest EV Superhubs in the world,” said Anmol Jaggi, co-founder and CEO, BluSmart.
As an integrated EV infrastructure player, Jio-bp is actively partnering with OEMs, technology, and platform players for setting up its EV fixed charging stations with a format-specific approach for all vehicle categories. Jio-bp is a fuels and mobility joint venture between RIL and bp.