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BP Chargemaster begins 150kW charger filling station rollout

Date: 16 August 2019   |   Author: Sean Keywood

BP Chargemaster has made its first installation of 150kW ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) chargers at a BP forecourt.

The two chargers - which have been installed at BP's filling station at Cranford, near Heathrow Airport - are the first in a planned rollout of 400 chargers across the UK by the end of 2021. 

BP Chargemaster says the network will continue to grow in line with the arrival of new cars on the market capable of ultra-fast charging.

BP Chargemaster chief operating officer David Newton said: "We believe our establishment of a nationwide ultra-fast charging network will be transformative for the EV market in the UK.

"Working closely with global vehicle manufacturers, we are developing the solutions that EV drivers need to enable them to charge confidently and conveniently, wherever they are in the country. 

"BP's forecourts are ideal locations for this technology, which will provide an expected dwell time of 10-12 minutes, not dissimilar from the average of around seven minutes spent by drivers of petrol and diesel cars on a forecourt today." 

BP Downstream chief executive Tufan Erginbilgic said: "As the world of mobility evolves, BP is determined to be the fuel provider of choice whether drivers need electric charging or liquid fuels. 

"BP Chargemaster continues to develop and is leading the way for our understanding of how we can best support and succeed in this fast-growing new market.

"Convenient and reliable ultra-fast charging will be critical in driving the wider adoption of electric vehicles in the UK. The combination of BP Chargemaster's EV charging expertise, experience and customer base with BP's retail sites across the UK is now allowing us to develop the UK's first nationwide network of ultra-fast chargers."