Bridgestone India and Tata Power have joined forces to facilitate electric vehicle (EV) charging across Bridgestone dealerships nationwide. These EV chargers will operate around the clock, catering to four-wheelers. Tata Power is overseeing the installation of DC fast chargers with a capacity of 25/30 Kwh, capable of charging a four-wheeler within an hour. This initiative’s first charging station was inaugurated at Bridgestone’s Select Store Super Tyres in Shirur, on the Pune – Ahmednagar road. It is open to all four-wheeler EVs.
This collaboration between Bridgestone and Tata Power contributes to India’s ambitions for a comprehensive EV charging station network, designed to encourage higher EV adoption.
Mr. Rajarshi Moitra, Chief Commercial Officer at Bridgestone India, commented, “The electric revolution is changing the automotive landscape, and in India, we are seeing phenomenal growth in the demand for passenger EVs. At Bridgestone, being a globally trusted partner in the mobility space, we always endeavor to provide solutions for journeys. This joint initiative with Tata Power is a reflection of this commitment. By providing a viable and sustainable mobility solution, the 24×7 operations of these EV chargers also give EV owners the convenience of charging as per their convenience.”
Virendra Goyal, Head of Business Development (EV charging) at Tata Power, stated, “Tata Power is committed to propelling India towards a cleaner and greener tomorrow by accelerating e-mobility in the country. Our partnership with Bridgestone India exemplifies our dedication to facilitating the electric vehicle revolution by fostering innovation and collaboration.”
These charging stations will be accessible to Bridgestone customers and all EV owners. Tata Power will provide installation and charging support, along with 24×7 service, maintenance support, remote vehicle charging monitoring, and e-payments through the EZ Charge mobile application.
The Tata Power EV Charging mobile app will enable EV owners to locate charging stations on an aerial map, receive updates on charging, and make online payments. Users can also view the charging status, including units consumed and time elapsed. The joint initiative comes as EV adoption in India continues to grow, with a 132% increase in passenger EV sales in the first eight months of 2023 compared to the same period in 2022, with 53,206 passenger EVs sold during this time. This collaboration will help expand the charging infrastructure to accommodate the growing number of EV users.