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New ultra-fast charging hubs announced by BP Pulse

BP Pulse is set to expand its ultra-fast EV charging infrastructure with new charging hubs, the first of which is set to open this year.

BP is aiming to double the size of the BP Pulse network in the UK to 16,000 charge points by 2030, with an emphasis on ultra-fast chargers.

The total amount of charging stations on the BP Pulse network is set to grow 30-fold by 2030. The first EV charging and convenience hub with 24 ultra-fast charging points is set to open later in 2021.

The new hubs have been developed in partnership with the EV Network (EVN), an EV charging infrastructure development company, helping bridge the gap between landlords and charge point operators in rolling out a network of rapid and ultra-fast EV chargers and charging infrastructure in the UK.

The new hubs will be a key part of the company’s ambition to deliver fast and convenient charging for the growing number of EV drivers, the company said.

Matteo de Renzi, CEO of BP Pulse, said: “We’re taking another step forward in our commitment to make ultra-fast charging widely accessible across the UK, including in easy reach of the motorway network.

“These new hubs will complement bp pulse’s existing plans to expand the number of ultra-fast chargers on bp’s forecourts and it’s exciting to be launching this new additional option for drivers.”

In March 2021, BP Pulse announced it was working with local authorities to upgrade and replace legacy EV charge points across the UK. In the same month, BP announced a partnership with Volkswagen Group to expand the roll-out of ultra-fast EV chargers in the UK and Europe.

The agreement is expected to deliver new ultra-fast EV charging destinations in the areas with high volumes of traffic.

The sites will be developed by EVN with each having a range of ultra-fast charging bays and some becoming EV convenience and mobility hubs with food, drink and other facilities on offer to drivers as they charge.

Over the past three years EVN says it has carefully selected and secured the very best sites in the UK, seizing ‘first-mover advantage’ in what has become an increasingly competitive UK market.

In 2020, EVN received a £50 million investment from SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust (SEEIT), to acquire an initial 112 rapid and ultra-fast EV charging stations. 

Reza Shaybani, co-founder and chief executive of EVN, said: “This ground-breaking agreement with BP Pulse has got 2021 off to a racing start.

“Together we will be fuelling growth in a vital part of the UK’s green economy, making a reliable national network of EV charging stations a reality for fast growing number of electric vehicle drivers.”

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