bp pulse opens first fleet rapid charging hubs in UK

8:44 AM, 11th June 2021
bp pulse's first fleet rapid charging hubs to go live in UK. (Representative Image/File Photo)

LONDON, UK: bp pulse said it has opened UK’s first rapid charging hub for fleet vehicles. The new multi-charger hub on Park Lane in Central London can already provide rapid charging for 10 vehicles simultaneously and bp pulse plans to more than double its capacity in the coming months.

bp pulse intends to open hundreds of similar hubs across London and other UK and European cities by 2030, further supporting the transition of businesses and fleets to electric vehicles.
As part of its strategic relationship with bp, Uber is bp’s first fleet customer to get access to the new hubs, with dedicated charge points for Uber partner-drivers.

bp’s ambition is to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner and help the world get to net zero. Electrification is at the heart of its convenience and mobility strategy and bp aims to grow it’s operated network of public EV charging points to over 70,000 worldwide by 2030.

“London anticipates that by 2025 taxis and private hire vehicles will account for 80 percent of all public charging demand in the city. Fast, reliable charging infrastructure in convenient locations is essential to give business and fleet customers the confidence to make the switch to electric. That’s why we’re opening our new hubs at the heart of major cities across the UK and Europe, aiming to keep fleets charged and ready for business - whilst producing zero emissions,” said Richard Bartlett, bp’s senior vice president, future mobility & solutions.

Uber’s vision is to electrify all cars on its app in London by 2025. Partner-drivers on the Uber app will also benefit from discounts on bp pulse public charging and home charging units.

“At Uber, we have been doing everything we can to encourage drivers to switch to electric vehicles, including launching Uber Green to make zero-emissions transport a reality. We know that one of the greatest barriers to electrification is the lack of rapid charging points in the right places that are convenient for drivers - bp pulse’s fantastic new hub is a great step forward in making sure their needs will be met,” said Jamie Heywood, Uber regional general manager, Northern and Eastern Europe.

The new rapid charging hubs will deliver charging in locations where fleet and operational vehicles need it most – and importantly at scale, with a target of at least 10 chargers per site.

Additional facilities may be provided at each location, including toilets, WiFi and refreshments.
The Park Lane hub has 10 rapid 50kW chargers, with a further 12 chargers being added in the coming months. A second site is already under construction in the Westminster area.

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