BP Chargemaster to install 100 ultra-fast EV chargers this year

BP Chargemaster, the UK’s largest electric car charge point provider, will install 400 points capable of ultra-fast 150kW charging by 2021 – including 100 at 50 sites by the end of 2019.

Speaking at a BP Chargemaster conference, CEO of BP’s product and service-led arm, Downstream, Tufan Erginbilgic, said the rollout of 150kW chargers on its petrol station forecourts would begin in July. The chargers will be part of the Polar network, which is made up of over 6,500 public charging points across the UK.

The rollout will help future-proof the UK’s charging network, as currently very few EVs are capable of charging at 150kW. Audi’s e-tron is one that is, and its 95kWh battery can be charged to 80% in around 30 minutes. 

The current network of ’rapid’ chargers are mostly capable of a 50kW charge rate, while Tesla’s Superchargers are currently capable of charging at up to 120kW. The Californian maker recently revealed a new version of the Supercharger that’s capable of splitting 1MW of power between four cars, for a 250kW charging rate per car. This will allow a Model 3 to recover 75 miles of battery range as little as five minutes. 

Companies such as Pod Point, Fastned and Ionity all claim to be rolling out chargers capable of supplying power at 150kW and above, but there’s currently only a handful that are operational in the UK. BP Chargemaster’s announcement is the biggest commitment so far as a result. 

The development of the UK’s charging infrastructure is seen as one of the most crucial factors to enable the UK to meet climate change targets, including its promise to end the sale of conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040. 

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