BP joins EV charging company with BMW and Daimler
30 March 2021
Author: Sean Keywood
BP has become a joint shareholder with BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG in Digital Charging Solutions (DCS).
The deal sees BP taking a 33.3% share alongside the carmakers in DCS, which develops digital charging software for car manufacturers and fleet operators.
Services already operated by DCS include Mercedes Me Charge, BMW Charging, and Mini Charging.
DCS currently offers access to 228,000 chargers in 32 countries.
The new deal will see BP's European charging networks integrated into DCS's software system, as well as its Fuel and Charge service for fleet customers.
BP's acquisition of the stake in DCS is subject to regulatory approval.
BP senior vice president for future mobility and solutions Richard Bartlett said: "Our aim is to make charging as convenient as refuelling at the pump - fast, reliable and a great customer experience.
"Joining forces with BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG in DCS, combined with the expansion of our ultra-fast charging network, will help provide drivers access to convenient charging where they need it.
"It also gives us access to a much wider customer base, ultimately driving up utilisation rates on our network."
DCS CEO Jorg Reimann said: "Our cooperation with BP opens up completely new possibilities for expanding our product portfolio making charging even more comfortable for our customers.
"We know that combined charging and fuelling offers are pivotal for our fleet customers.
"We look forward to adding BP´s retail sites to our network and being able to jointly create innovative integrated services."