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BP Chargemaster public charging points powering up to 1.5 million electric miles a week

Release date: 18 November 2019

  • Equates to around 300 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions avoided weekly by BP Chargemaster customers
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Public charging points operated in the UK by BP Chargemaster are now regularly supplying more than 60 MWh (60,000 kWh) of energy per day, equating to around 1.5 million miles per week of driving by electric cars. [1]

 

Based on the average UK new car carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions figure of 124.5g/km, electric vehicles using BP Chargemaster’s public charging points are avoiding around 300 tonnes of CO₂ emissions every week. [2]

 

David Newton, COO of BP Chargemaster, said: “Powering around 1.5 million electric miles a week makes us the most-used public charging infrastructure operator in the UK and we are proud to serve thousands of electric vehicle drivers every day.

 

“We have seen incredible growth in the utilisation of our public charging network over the past 12 months, with both the number of charging sessions and number of users more than doubling, and the amount of energy supplied almost tripling. This reflects the larger batteries and the longer distances being driven by the latest electric vehicles.”

 

BP Chargemaster is continuing to expand Polar, the UK’s largest public charging network now with about 7,000 charging points available, including with the deployment of ultra-fast 150kW chargers on BP forecourts.

 

BP’s first 150kW forecourts are already live in London and Essex, with other installations in England and Wales going live imminently, and the first sites in Scotland due before the end of the year, demonstrating BP Chargemaster’s commitment to developing the largest nationwide ultra-fast public charging network. This is helping to accelerate the adoption of EVs, by making electric vehicle charging fast, convenient and hassle-free.

 

All new rapid and ultra-fast chargers on the Polar network are easy to access through contactless payment terminals, with existing rapid chargers being retrofitted with the technology by the middle of next year.

Notes

 
1. Miles travelled calculated using the kWh provided on the network from BP Chargemaster system data multiplied by an electric car averaging four miles per kilowatt hour (kWh). All of the electricity that BP Chargemaster public charging points use is certified as renewable through the redemption or purchase of Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGOs).
 
2. Greenhouse gas savings calculated on a tank-to-wheel basis, using the same miles travelled when using the average equivalent new car. The baseline used is average grams of CO₂ equivalent per kilometre for the average new UK car in 2018, as per SMMT New Car CO₂ Report 2019

Notes to editors

 

About BP Chargemaster:

 

BP Chargemaster is one of the UK’s leading providers of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and operates Polar, the largest electric vehicle charging network in the UK. Founded in 2008, the company provides a comprehensive, flexible and practical range of electric vehicle charging solutions. BP Chargemaster has supplied over 50,000 public, workplace and home charging units in the UK, and is now rolling out 150kW ultra-rapid chargers on BP forecourts.

Further information

 

Contacts

 

BP press office, London: +44 (0)20 7496 4076, bppress@bp.com

BP Chargemaster: +44 (0)7387 418967, tom.callow@bpchargemaster.com




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