BP Chargemaster powered up its first 150kW ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) chargers on a BP retail site, the first in a planned network of ultra-fast charging infrastructure stretching across the UK.
As the world of mobility evolves, BP is determined to be the fuel provider of choice whether drivers need electric charging or liquid fuels. BP Chargemaster continues to develop and is leading the way for our understanding of how we can best support and succeed in this fast-growing new market.
Convenient and reliable ultra-fast charging will be critical in driving the wider adoption of electric vehicles in the UK. The combination of BP Chargemaster’s EV charging expertise, experience and customer base with BP’s retail sites across the UK is now allowing us to develop the UK’s first nationwide network of ultra-fast chargers.—Tufan Erginbilgic, chief executive of BP’s Downstream business
Two of these 150 kW chargers are now installed at BP’s retail site at Cranford near Heathrow airport, west of London and begin operating this week.
They are the first in a planned rollout of 400 ultra-fast chargers at BP sites across the UK by the end of 2021, with the network continuing to grow in line with new vehicle models arriving on the market that will be capable of ultra-fast charging.
Formed in 2008, Chargemaster was acquired by BP in 2018 and renamed BP Chargemaster. It has continued to rapidly grow and expand its offers as the UK’s EV market has grown and evolved. Today it operates Polar, the largest electric vehicle charging network in the UK, with more than 7,000 public charge points, and provides a comprehensive, flexible and innovative range of home, workplace and public charging solutions.
Over the past year BP Chargemaster has:
Delivered energy through its public charging network equivalent to more than 40 million miles of electric driving;
Grown the Polar network by around 10%, with more than 7,000 charging points now accessible to Polar Plus users;
Grown its subscriber base by more than 44%;
Installed around 100 new 50kW rapid chargers;
Launched its own, UK-made 150kW ultra-fast charger; and
Committed to introduce contactless payment on all new rapid and ultra-fast chargers, and retrofit its existing UK-made rapid chargers over the next 12 months.