More than 8,000 new charging points could be operational across Germany, the UK and other European countries by 2024 as part of a strategic partnership between Volkswagen and BP.
The partnership, announced in March last year, brings together two of the leading global players in e-mobility who aim to transform access to EV charging in key European markets by rapidly building a fast charging network across Europe.
The first charger has now been unveiled in Dusseldorf, Germany and the first phase of the roll out will see up to an additional 4,000 charge points at bp’s Aral retail sites in Germany and BP retail sites in the UK over the next 24 months.
BP says it is rapidly expanding its EV charging network, including at its extensive and conveniently located network of retail sites. EV drivers will be able to charge in safe, well-lit stations with access to additional services such as food and drink for their journeys, as well as toilets, it adds.
Herbert Diess, Volkswagen’s chief executive officer, said: “Investing in everything from software, to batteries and charging is part of our strategy to make individual mobility safer, more convenient and fully climate-neutral. The decarbonisation of Europe’s economy requires close collaboration across borders and sectors. We’re pleased to team up with bp to accelerate the rollout of the fast-charging network across Europe.”
Bernard Looney, BP’s chief executive officer, said: “When you bring together one of the world’s leading car makers and one of the world’s leading energy companies - the opportunity is huge. This is a significant step-forward on our journey to accelerate the electrification of transport in Europe.”
Under the terms of their agreement, Volkswagen and bp will also look to pursue further opportunities together to provide future solutions for lower carbon mobility.