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BP Chargemaster confirms chief executive departure

Image: BP Chargemaster.

Image: BP Chargemaster.

BP Chargemaster has confirmed that its chief executive David Martell has left the business.

Current± can reveal Martell left BP Chargemaster in June and David Newton, who was previously the company’s chief operating officer, has succeeded Martell on an interim basis.

Martell founded the business in 2008 and three years later launched Chargemaster’s POLAR network of EV charging points, which it continues to operate.

Martell’s departure comes just a year after the firm was acquired by BP in a £130 million deal aimed at establishing the oil and gas giant as a major player in the UK’s burgeoning electric vehicle charging market.

The companies said at the time the deal would see BP Chargemaster treble its manufacturing capacity and since the acquisition, the firm has achieved a number of key landmarks, including the opening of a rapid charging hubs and the start of chargepoint installs at BP petrol forecourts.

BP Chargemaster has also featured prominently in recent advertising campaigns by BP which have sought to promote its forays into clean energy, which have also featured other companies coming under BP’s alternative energies stable such as solar developer Lightsource.

Confirming Martell’s departure, a BP Chargemaster spokesperson said: “BP remains committed to growing the BP Chargemaster business and we are well underway with our rollout of ultra-fast chargers on our UK forecourts now underway.”

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