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BP to ramp up ultra-rapid EV chargers at forecourts this year

Image: BP Chargemaster

Image: BP Chargemaster

BP Chargemaster is to install 100 rapid chargers across 50 of its petrol station forecourts by the end of this year.

Installs will begin in July, with the target of installing 400 150kW chargers by 2021.

Announced at an industry event this week by Tufan Erginbilgic, CEO of downstream at BP, the project was first teased earlier this year after BP Chargemaster opened a new rapid EV charging hub in Milton Keynes.

The chargers will add to BP’s Polar network, which currently boasts 400 rapid chargers across the UK, effectively doubling its numbers.

When contacted by Current±, a BP Chargemaster spokesperson declined to comment any further.

The announcement is yet another move in the race to establishing a network of rapid chargers in the UK, however it comes as the EV industry unites to stress the importance of ultra-rapid charging.

BP, along with National Grid, Centrica and several others issued a joint industry statement earlier this week, urging the government to get behind a bid to establish an ultra-rapid charging network that spans the country.

The statement cited the need for such a network to help the country meet its EV transition targets, with the current goal to phase out sales of conventionally-fuelled cars and vans by 2040.

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