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BP Pulse to invest £2m upgrading UK charging infrastructure

Electric vehicle (EV) charging

BP Pulse is working with local authorities to upgrade and replace legacy electric vehicle charge points across the UK. 

The company said it has already agreed more than £400,000 in infrastructure investment to replace more than 50 legacy charge points, which are typically owned by local authorities and were originally installed with government grant funding.

Further discussions are underway relating to an additional £750,000 of funding available for legacy charge point owners, which could see more than 300 units upgraded.

In total, BP Pulse has made £2 million available and will work closely with local authorities and other charge point owners over the coming months to replace older infrastructure.

Transport Minister Rachel Maclean, said: “I’m delighted to see that steps are being taken to upgrade public EV charge points, increasing their reliability and taking us one step closer to delivering on the commitment to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030.

“We’re determined to deliver a world-leading electric vehicle charging network right across the country, as we build back greener and accelerate towards a net-zero transport future.”

Matteo de Renzi, CEO of BP Pulse, said: “While we remain focused on expanding our network, in particular with the proliferation of convenient ultra-fast charging, we know that many of the issues experienced by drivers come from legacy charging infrastructure, so our investment in upgrading it will significantly improve the experience of EV drivers across the country.”

Yesterday (March 10), the Government announced a £20 million research and develoment competition to find solutions to the challenges associated with increasing the uptake of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) and the necessary infrastructure.

The Government has also set out the next steps towards its 2030 ban on the sale of new internal combustion engine (ICE) cars and vans and the phase out of hybrids by 2035.

Earlier this year, Zap-Map revealed the UK's best EV charging networks - highlighting Tesla's UK Supercharger stations as the best charging network in the UK.

A decade has passed since the first significant roll-out of public charging infrastructure under the Plugged in Places scheme - many of these early charge points have suffered from under-investment, leaving them unusable.

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