BP Pulse has unveiled new plans to rollout ultra-fast charging hubs across the UK, with these to be developed in partnership with the Electric Vehicle Network (EVN).
The first of these sites – which will have 24 ultra-fast charging points – is to open later this year, with “a significant number” of rapid and ultra-fast charging locations expected to be developed.
The rollout will include “state of the art” hubs of between six to twelve chargers as well as e-forecourts with up to 24 ultra-fast 300kW chargepoints alongside on-site solar PV and battery storage systems. The e-forecourts will have both retail and convenience facilities for the drivers while they wait for the cars to be charged.
BP Pulse has signed an agreement with energy efficiency investment firm Sustainable Development Capital LLP (SEEIT) – which made a £50 million investment commitment to EVN as its development partner in EV charging infrastructure in August – for the rollout.
The EV charging locations are to be developed and constructed by EVN, contracted through a 20-year, fixed price CPI inflated Energy Service Agreement. EVN is also to manage the operation and maintenance of all the sites.
Matteo de Renzi, CEO of BP Pulse, said the new hubs will complement the company’s existing plans to launch a number of ultra-fast chargers on BP’s forecourts, adding that “it’s exciting to be launching this new additional option for drivers”.
It follows BP Pulse announcing it has made £2 million available to deliver “radical improvement” in the reliability of older UK electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.
Jonathan Maxwell, CEO of SEET, said that EV sales are at an “inflection point”, adding that “this investment, in partnership with the Electric Vehicle Network, is a significant commitment to EV charging infrastructure in the UK”.
EVN is currently planning to develop a further c.400 EV charging sites, with SEEIT having the right of first refusal to provide an additional c.£150 million in the next 24-36 months.