Bharat Petroleum-MG Motor India Partner To Bolster EV Charging Infrastructure

Sapna Bhardwaj
Sapna Bhardwaj Apr 26 2022 - 7 min read
Bharat Petroleum-MG Motor India Partner To Bolster EV Charging Infrastructure
MG Motor India partnership with BPCL will add momentum to EV adoption by expanding opportunities for intercity travel as the two entities will install.

MG Motor India and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) have partnered to enhance India’s EV charging infrastructure. In order to have proper adoption of electric vehicles, a strong charging infrastructure is absolutely paramount.

The partnership will strengthen the passenger EV charging infra in India. MG Motor is already offering free public fast charging services to new and existing ZS EV customers till June 30 2022. The partnership will see the two companies install EV chargers across highways and within cities, and create technologies to manage these systems. Currently, MG Motor India only has the ZS EV as its electric offering. A second MG EV rivaling the Tata Nexon EV is slated to arrive in 2023.

In this partnership, the two companies will install EV chargers across highways and within cities, and create technologies to manage these systems. MG Motor India already has a vast charging ecosystem, with AC chargers and DC fast chargers in residential communities and MG showrooms. 

This includes a free-of-cost AC fast-charger (installed at the customer’s home/office), a plug-and-charge cable onboard, and charge-on-the-go with RSA (Roadside Assistance), and community chargers. Bharat Petroleum said the company is aiming to install up to 7000 conveniently located fast charging stations in the country within the next 2-3 years.

These plans come off the back of MG Motor India extending its free public charging services via Fortum to June 30 2022. New and existing ZS EV owners can avail of these services, limited to CCS-type DC public chargers that provide direct current (DC). For reference, the MG ZS EV can be juiced up to 80 percent in just 60 minutes when plugged into a 50kW charger. The electric SUV offers a range of 461km on a single charge via a 50.3kWh battery pack.   


MG Dynamo Electric Vehicle

The MG Dynamo EV concept car was unveiled in 2014 based on the Roewe E50 to celebrate the marque's 90th anniversary. The EV has a claimed acceleration 0-50 km/h-5.3 seconds and 0-100 km/h-14.6 seconds with a top speed-130 km/h.

The LFP battery generates 52 kW and working in conjunction with the regenerative braking system enables a range of over 100 km.

The battery retains more than 80% capacity after 2,000 charging cycles, equivalent to approximately ten years of typical use. The battery takes six hours to fully charge on a standard charge (220-240 V), while a fast charge (380-400 V) takes just 30 minutes.

While India still has a long way to go to get a strong EV charging infrastructure, steps like this will make an impact in the long run for EV adoption. While MG Motor India currently only has the ZS EV as its electric offering, the carmaker will be introducing its second electric vehicle that is set to rival the Tata Nexon EV in 2023. 

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited is an Indian government-owned oil and gas explorer and producer. It is under the ownership of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India, headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It operates two large refineries in Kochi and Mumbai

Bharat Petroleum is a statutory corporation of the Government of India owning 52.98% percent. It trades in BSE, NSE and NSE NIFTY 50 Constituent. The corporation operates in the energy, oil and gas verticals. Arun Kumar Singh is the Chairman and Managing Director. Its products are petroleum, natural gas, LNG, lubricants, and petrochemicals. The revenue number is USD 39 billion (300,830 Crore) as of 2021. The net income was USD 2.5 billion (19.042 Crore) as on 2021, total assets as on USD 18 billion as on 2021 (140,604 Crore). Number of employees as of March 2021 was 9257. BPCL is divided into three divisions - Bharat Oman Refinery Limited, Bharat Gas Resources Limited and Bharat Renewable Energy Limited.


Refineries Operated By Bharat Petroleum

Mumbai Refinery - Located near Mumbai in Maharashtra, the Mumbai Refinery has a capacity of 13 million metric tonnes per annum.

Kochi Refinery - Located near Kochi, Kerala the refinery has a capacity of 15.5 million metric tonnes per annum.

Bina Refinery - Located near Bina, Sagar district, Madhya Pradesh it has a capacity of 7.8 million metric tonnes per year. This refinery started as Bharat Oman Refineries Limited, a joint venture between Bharat Petroleum and OQ formerly known as Oman Oil Company incorporated in 1994, BORL also has single point mooring (SPM) system, crude oil terminal (COT) and a 937km-long cross-country crude oil pipeline from Vadinar, Gujarat to Bina, Madhya Pradesh. As of April 2021, BORL is a subsidiary of BPCL.

Numaligarh Refinery - Located near Numaligarh, Golaghat district, Assam. It has a capacity of 3 million metric tonnes per year (sold to a consortium led by Oil India Ltd).

The company business is divided into seven SBUs (Strategic Business Units), like Retail, Lubricants, Aviation, Refinery, Gas, I&C and LPG.

They have popular Loyalty Programs like Petrocard, Smartfleet.

As of 2018, BPCL was also setting up a second generation biofuels refinery at Baulsingha village in Bargarh district, Odisha of 100 kilo litre per day (KLPD) capacity. The plant would be using 2 Lakh tonnes of rice straw to generate fuel.


Subsidiaries of Bharat Petroleum

Indraprastha Gas Limited, a joint venture between Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and the Government of Delhi to operate the Delhi City Gas Distribution Project.

Petronet LPG is a joint venture company promoted by the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOC) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) to import LNG and set up LNG terminals in the country. 

Bharat Renewable Energy Limited a joint venture company promoted by BPCL with Nandan

Cleantech Limited (Nandan Biomatrix Limited), Hyderabad and Shapoorji Pallonji Group, through their affiliate, S.P. Agriculture Management Services Pvt. Ltd. specialises in offering Bio diesel plants, ethanol, biodiesel plants, Karanj (Millettia pinnata), Jatropha and Pongamia (Pongamia Pinnata) plantation services, renewable generation services etc. In 2013 Shapoorji Pallonji Group exited the joint venture.


MG Motor's Brand Lineage

MG Motor UK Limited (MG Motor) is the British automotive company headquartered in London, United Kingdom, and a subsidiary of SAIC Motor UK, which in turn is owned by the Shanghai based Chinese state-owned company SAIC Motor. MG Motor designs, develops and markets cars sold under the MG marque, while vehicle manufacturing takes place at its factories in Europe and China. The design of the cars was originally engineered by MG Motors in Longbridge, Birmingham, United Kingdom.

MG Motor is a 94 year old startup. Why a start up? Because MG Motor was founded in a garage called ‘Morris Garages’ in 1924 by William Morris. Today, MG Motor is a future forward brand. MG has made its way, back to India under the leadership of the SAIC Motor Corporation Limited, the world's 7th largest automobile company with 36th ranking in the Fortune 500 list. SAIC Motor is China's largest automaker it sold 322,000 vehicles in February 2022 up 30.6 percent year-on-year, this is according to statistics released on 4 March 2022 by the company. SAIC Motor’s self-owned brands doubled in February 2022, SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle Company sold 64,000 vehicles, up 113.4 percent year-on-year, including more than 9,000 NEVs. Sales of its Maxus increased by 30.9 percent year-on-year to nearly 13,000 vehicles.

IM, an electric car startup by SAIC Motor, saw its first L7 Beta version roll off the assembly line in late 2021, and is expected to hit the market soon. The carmaker established the SAIC Motor R&D Innovation Headquarters earlier this month. It will gather the group’s superior resources and build an independent R&D team of more than 10,000 members to expand innovation, which will enhance the group’s R&D capability and promote the industrialization of NEVs and intelligent connected vehicles, enabling the high-quality development of SAIC Motor’s self-owned brands.

SAIC Motor’s overseas markets were extremely hot in February this year, with its total sales volume exceeding 56,000 vehicles, up 69.3 percent year-on-year. The sales of MG NEVs in Europe also doubled. This year, with the launch of a slew of futuristic NEVs such as the global model MG EH32, SAIC Motor will see surging growth in the European market, and its self-owned brands are expected to sell 120,000 vehicles in Europe, which will become the first overseas market where its annual sales will exceed 100,000.




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