Situated in the centre of Berlin, the mobility hub is a blueprint for the filling station of the future. It combines:
The hub even has a DHL parcel connection facility and offers customers a comprehensive range of mobility options that go beyond those of a tractional fuel station.
Visiting the site in October 2020, bp CEO Bernard Looney said “[It has] everything in one place to meet customer convenience needs and get people where they need to be.”
Integral to the hub is Jelbi – an app that integrates all Berlin’s public and shared mobility options into a one-stop-shop. “With Jelbi we offer all forms of shared mobility in Berlin from a single source,” said Dr. Henry Widera, CIO and BVG’s Head of Information and Sales Technology. “In this way we supplement the excellent local public transport with environmentally friendly sharing offers - digitally on smartphones, physically at our Jelbi stations.
“We are pleased to have found a partner in Aral who, like us, wants to drive the mobility transition.”
The hub is part of Aral’s expansion of an ultra-fast charging network: an important step on the way to low-CO2 mobility, Aral’s new 350 kW chargers provide up to 350 kilometres of range in ten minutes.
The units are not connected to Berlin’s medium voltage grid: rather, when not in use, they are charged by a local, on-site high-powered battery making the site self-sufficient in terms of electricity generation.
It’s the first stage in Aral’s ambition to create a “microgrid” with the aim of enabling superfast charging without impacting the main network’s capacity.
“We’re thankful to the city of Berlin for supporting the project,” said Bernard Looney. “Good partnerships will be key to getting to net zero for bp. We hope we can help create more of these sustainable hubs that help connect the dots across cities.”
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