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Our latest steps in electrification

Release date:
14 March 2024
Here’s a snapshot of how we are working across our businesses – from charging to EV Fluids – so we can all get plugged into the EV revolution. Check back for regular updates

Latest news

Truck stop and go

bp pulse has acquired the freehold for one of the largest truck stops in Europe – Ashford International Truckstop in Kent.

 

The 21-acre site is located close to the UK’s busiest ferry port at Dover and the Eurotunnel, which 3.5 million heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers use to cross the Channel every year. 

 

bp pulse plans to install a range of charging options suitable for on-the-go and overnight trucks, including state-of-the-art megawatt chargers (MCS), the first of which is expected to be installed from 2026.

 

“For fleet operators to consider going electric, they must be confident that the infrastructure is in place to support them. That is why we are thrilled to have secured the land to a crucial site near Dover as we strive to meet the evolving needs of HGV operators transitioning to EVs.”
 

Stefan von Dobschüetz, general manager, bp pulse Europe

 

The acquisition follows bp’s launch in January 2023 of Europe’s first truck charging corridor in Germany and is another step towards connecting that corridor to the UK to further encourage fleet operators to shift to electric.

Capital asset

bp pulse has opened its most powerful charging hub in Central London.

 

Located at Q-Park Pimlico in the Borough of Westminster, the hub features eight ultra-fast 150kW chargers, each capable of charging up to 100 miles of range in around 15 minutes.

 

The Gigahub™, where 16 electric vehicles can charge simultaneously, is the latest addition to bp pulse’s network in Greater London, where it operates more than 570 charge points, including approximately 50 ultra-fast chargers.  

 

Two of the charging bays will be dedicated solely to Uber drivers, boosting the company’s partnership with bp. 

 

As well as strengthening bp pulse’s presence in the capital – complementing its existing site in Park Lane – the new Gigahub™ follows two others opened in the UK this year, in Kettering, Northamptonshire, and at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

 

The Pimlico Gigahub™ is also where the UK government recently marked the start of its ZEV (zero emission vehicle) mandate. 

 

The Technology and Decarbonization Minister, Anthony Browne, visited the site alongside bp pulse VP Akira Kirton and Uber’s UK general manager, Andrew Brem. 

 

It’s a big step for the UK’s EV transition, because:

  • Starting this year, 22% of all new cars sold in the UK have to be zero emission and car manufacturers will pay a fine if they don’t meet these requirements.
  • That number will rise each year until it reaches 80% by 2030.

New joint venture in Spain and Portugal

Iberdrola and bp have launched a joint venture that plans to invest €1 billion in high-speed public charging. 

 

It intends to deploy 5,000 charge points by 2025, and 11,700 by 2030, powered by 100% renewable energy through the use of guarantee of origin certificates. bp has an extensive network of 1,300 service stations in Spain and Portugal, which it will use as charging hubs for the new company.

 

Drivers will be able to charge at secure stations and also have access to additional convenience services.

 

“This JV is going to be big for our customers in Spain and Portugal and I really believe this is the right move for both companies. Combining our capabilities into a new company with an entrepreneurial culture, backed by larger energy companies, will help us to become a true e-mobility market leader in these countries.”
 

Richard Bartlett, SVP, bp pulse

First-of-a-kind deal with Tesla

bp is working to boost its EV charging infrastructure across the US with the future purchase of up to $100 million of ultra-fast charging hardware from Tesla.


The deal represents the first time Tesla’s chargers will be installed on an independent EV charging network, with  bp pulse sites also appearing on Tesla’s Supercharger network, in its app and in vehicle dashboard displays. 


As early as 2024, the 350kW chargers will be installed across the bp pulse network for public charging and for private fleet depot customers.

 

Locations will include key bp, Amoco, ampm, and Thorntons-branded sites, TravelCenters of America locations, as well as high-demand sites, such as airports, and at bp pulse’s Gigahubs™ in major metropolitan areas across the US.  

 

The chargers are expected to be fitted with Tesla’s ‘Magic Dock’, enabling EVs from all major vehicle manufacturers to charge, regardless of the type of connector they use.

 

“Strengthening the bp pulse network with Tesla’s industry-leading hardware is a major step forward in our ambitions for high-speed, open access charging infrastructure in the US and advances our ambition to delivering an exceptional customer experience.” 

 

Richard Bartlett, SVP, bp pulse. 

Big win for Aral pulse

Aral pulse has been named Germany’s number one charge point operator by Connect magazine


Just three years after the business started, Aral pulse scored an impressive 868 points out of a possible 1,000 on criteria, including service, equipment reliability and customer offers. 

 

“Understanding customer needs and delivering accordingly is hard work and takes a lot of extraordinary skills. I am proud that we have been able to show that the customer is at the centre of everything we do. This is a fantastic achievement.” 
 

Stefan von Dobschüetz, general manager, bp pulse Europe

 

Aral pulse already has more than 1,700 EV charge points across Germany and aims to have 20,000 ultra-fast charge points in place by 2030.


Find out more about this latest win in this Aral press release.

Driving charging momentum with Uber

bp is taking another step towards helping ride-hailing giant Uber to meet its commitment to decarbonization. 


The two companies have signed a new global mobility agreement that will see them work together to help accelerate Uber’s ambition to become a zero-tailpipe emissions mobility platform in the US, Canada and Europe by 2030, and globally by 2040. 


Under the agreement, they will initially collaborate in key markets, including Europe, the US and the UK, to support Uber’s 2030 targets, with other countries, such as Australia and New Zealand, to follow. Plans include offering Uber drivers bespoke access to bp pulse’s high-speed charging network, as well as special offers. 


Uber and bp pulse already work together on purpose-built charging hubs in London, including at Q Park on Park Lane (shown in the film above) and a new hub opened in Kentish Town.

 

Thousands of London EV drivers on Uber use bp pulse for their charging needs, currently averaging more than 2,500 charges per week across 1,000 different charge points per year. Drivers on Uber’s platform in Europe are switching to EVs five times faster than the general population, and the company aims for a 100% EV fleet in London by 2025.

bp pulse to enter the French market 

bp pulse is teaming up with real estate firm Compagnie de Phalsbourg to establish a reliable and accessible EV charging infrastructure in France – the EU’s second-biggest EV market.

 

The two companies have signed an agreement to work together to open more than 25 new charging hubs across the country by 2025, marking the 10th country bp pulse will have entered.

 

The new EV hubs – which will be subject to lease agreements and planning consent – are likely to be located in shopping malls, on the outskirts of cities, and close to major highways. Plans include the installation of ultra-fast 300kW chargers capable of delivering up to 160km of range in around 15 minutes, depending on the vehicle. The hubs will also feature fast (>50kW and ultra-fast >150kW) charging points.

 

The first sites are expected to be operational before the end of 2023.

 

“We are delighted to work with such an innovative company as Compagnie de Phalsbourg to bring our compelling charging experience to the French market, and we look forward to contributing to the decarbonization of transport in France.”

 

Stefan von Dobschuetz, managing director of bp pulse Europe

bp to invest $1 billion in US EV charging

bp is supercharging its agenda to accelerate electrification in the US with plans to invest $1 billion in EV charging across the country by 2030.

 

A key part of the investment will enable bp to help meet demand from Hertz’s growing fleet of EV rentals, including the intention to bring fast charging to Hertz locations in 12 new cities, such as Houston, New York and Chicago. The investment expands on the 2022 memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two companies, which set out to develop a network of EV charging stations across Hertz’s national footprint of locations, powered by bp pulse.

 

Many of the installations will include Gigahub sites – large-scale fast-charging hubs that will serve rideshare and taxi drivers, car rental customers and the general public at high-demand locations, such as airports. Previously, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) was announced as the first Gigahub location.

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bp pulse opens its largest UK charging hub

bp pulse has opened its fastest, most powerful and largest EV charging hub in the North Northamptonshire town of Kettering. With an installed capacity of three megawatts (MW), the hub features ten 300kW chargers, one of the fastest available in the UK today. 

 

The hub can charge up to 20 cars simultaneously at 150kW, allowing each to gain approximately 100 miles of range in around 15 minutes, depending on the vehicle – enough to easily power a journey from Kettering to London.

 

With other established Gigahubs™ in Park Lane, London, and at Gatwick Airport, and a site currently under construction in the West Midlands, bp pulse intends to open hundreds of additional charging hubs in other locations around the UK by the end of 2030.

 

“Customers say power is more important than the number of charging points. That’s why we’re focusing on expanding our ultra-fast charging infrastructure. We believe EV charging in the right place, at the right time, and at the right speed is what will deliver the EV charging network the UK needs.” 

 

Akira Kirton, vice president, bp pulse UK

 

 

Watch the short film above to find out more.

Urban hubs charging across Europe

bp pulse and APCOA Parking Group are joining forces to open more than 100 EV fast charging hubs across Europe. 


APCOA is the UK’s leading provider of tailored parking solutions, with an established presence in Europe. Under the strategic agreement signed by the two companies, bp pulse plans to install ultra-fast charging at APCOA car parks – ‘urban hubs’ – in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and the UK over the next three years.  


By digitally integrating the bp pulse and ‘APCOA Connect’ apps in the UK and ‘APCOA Flow’ app in Europe, they aim to provide a convenient customer journey. Registered users will be able to locate, access, book and pay for their charging and parking at the car park from their mobile, and the car park’s entry and exit barriers will open automatically as the vehicle approaches.  


Two urban hubs in Berlin and Bremen in Germany are expected to open in the third quarter of 2023. Operated by Aral pulse, they will be the first locations to offer ultra-fast charging that can charge a minimum of six cars, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Europe’s first electric charging corridor for trucks

bp pulse is building eight dedicated E-Truck charging stations along a 600-kilometre stretch of Germany’s Rhine-Alpine Corridor, one of Europe’s major road transportation routes.

 

Building on our first E-Truck charging facility opened in Rheinland-Pfalz in the summer of 2022, these charging locations will be capable of supporting more than 20 medium and heavy-duty vehicles per charger, every day, adding significant capacity to the network. 

 

The latest 300kw electric chargers are capable of delivering up to 200 kilometres of range in around 45 minutes, which also happens to be the mandatory time required for truck drivers to take a break from the road.

 

“This is a significant moment for E-Trucks in Europe and an important step in our journey towards helping to decarbonize truck transportation. By electrifying this stretch of the Rhine-Alpine corridor with ultra-fast charging, bp is enabling EV truck charging beyond ‘back to base’, while rapidly learning customer insights that will directly inform our longer-term European network and proposition.” 

 

Nigel Head, EV truck director, Europe, bp pulse 

Going electric in New Zealand

bp has launched its global electrification business in New Zealand. 


The first charge points at sites in the Auckland suburbs of Millwater and Takinini, as well as Rolleston, on the South Island, mark the beginning of an initial wave of around 600.


Each charger – supplied by Australian-based manufacturer Tritium – has two connectors and can charge two vehicles simultaneously. In 2023, bp plans to connect new and existing chargers to higher-power grid connections that will enable charging speeds of up to 150kW, depending on the number of vehicles connected.


Today, bp has a network of 210 strategically located branded retail sites in New Zealand, providing a strong foundation for the roll-out of fast, high-quality charging.

“This is the latest example of how we have evolved the service station experience for busy Kiwis on the go – giving our customers the confidence to switch to electric vehicles and help the country achieve its net zero goals.”


Emma Delaney, bp executive vice president, customers and products

bp pulse teams up with M&S

Marks & Spencer (M&S) customers will soon be able to charge their EV while they shop, thanks to an exclusive agreement with bp pulse.

 

Over the next two years, bp pulse will install, operate and maintain up to 900 rapid and ultra-fast charging points at up to 70 of M&S’s national stores, with more to come.

 

The roll-out will significantly expand bp pulse’s network and add up to 40,000kWhs of charging capacity to the UK’s EV infrastructure. 

 

“This is exactly the kind of collaboration the UK needs to help accelerate the transition to lower carbon transport and we’re delighted to be working with M&S to make that happen.”

 

Akira Kirton, CEO, bp pulse UK 

 

15 rapid (50kW) charge points are already available at M&S Maidstone Eclipse and Southgate following successful pilot installations. 

 

bp and M&S have a long-standing relationship, first teaming up in 2005 to introduce M&S Food stores at bp retail sites. More than 250 bp pulse charge points are already available at more than 60 bp-operated forecourts which also offer M&S Food.

bp pulse launches in Australia 

Our CEO, Bernard Looney, officially launched bp pulse in Australia when he pressed the switch to start charging an EV at bp Bayside at Brighton East in Melbourne.

 

The launch kicks off bp’s ambitions for around 600 charge points in Australia, and to build the country’s most convenient fast-charging EV network and customer experience.

 

Sites at Diamond Creek in Victoria and Caboolture in Queensland have also opened to the public.

The initial rollout will see chargers installed at key metropolitan and regional bp retail locations along Australia’s east coast, where EV drivers can also pick up a snack or drink at our Wild Bean Cafes.

 

Each Tritium charger has two connectors and can charge two vehicles simultaneously. In 2023, new and existing chargers will be connected to high-power grid connections that will enable charging speeds of up to 150kW.

 

Quick stop to charge and shop

German supermarket giant REWE has said it will add ultra-fast Aral pulse EV charging points to 180 of its sites across the country by the end of 2024. Up to six chargers operated with electricity from 100% renewable energy are planned for each site. 
 
That could add up to at least 720 charging points with a charging capacity of up to 54,000kW being installed across the network.   
 
The new 150kW chargers can provide up to 150 kilometres (93 miles) of range in just 10 minutes – meaning customers can quickly and conveniently charge up while doing their shopping.  
 

“Partnerships like these are exactly what we need to rapidly expand our range of e-charging systems. Our goal is to provide our customers with fast and reliable charging where they need it.” 

 

Alexander Junge, Aral board member for e-Mobility 

 

More to come: Aral and REWE, which have been in partnership since 2016, are considering fitting chargers at an additional 600 non-REWE-owned locations in Germany. 

Network news

bp is to team up with one of the biggest names on the road in the US to accelerate electrification.

 

Rental car giant Hertz has announced a memorandum of understanding with bp for the development of a national network of EV charging stations powered by bp pulse.

 

Hertz has a footprint of locations across North America suitable for bp pulse to build and manage a network of fast-charging hubs to serve Hertz customers, including taxi and ride sharing drivers, as well as the general public.

 

The two companies plan to build upon and customize bp pulse’s existing OMEGA fleet charging and energy management software for Hertz’s growing number of electric rental vehicles, which it aims to account for a quarter of its entire fleet by 2024. 

 

OMEGA supports fleet operations by automating charging when the power price is low, while providing real-time visibility to EVs, chargers, power usage, and more.

Castrol partners with world’s top EV producer 

The world’s  largest EV (BEV & PHEV) producer, Chinese automaker BYD (China), will use Castrol ON EV Fluids in all its electric vehicles


BYD (China), which stopped producing traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles this year to focus on PHEVs and pure EVs, will also officially recommend Castrol ON EV Transmission Fluid for its luxury flagship Han series under a three-year partnership. The mid-size sedan is the OEM’s best-selling model and one of the most popular plug-in cars in China. 


Castrol ON EV Transmission Fluid helps to extend the life of the drivetrain system and enables EVs to go further on a single charge versus mass-market EV factory fill fluid. 


This latest move builds on existing first-fill and service-fill agreements with Castrol. 

Expanding in Europe

We intend to form two 50/50 joint ventures (JVs) with the Spanish utility company Iberdrola to significantly expand fast EV public charging infrastructure and develop large-scale green hydrogen production hubs in Spain, Portugal and the UK.

 

For EV charging, this JV intends to invest up to €1 billion ($1 billion) to roll out a network of up to 11,000 rapid and ultra-fast public charge points across Spain and Portugal. The aim is to have 5,000 in place by 2025 and the full network by 2030, including bp and Iberdrola’s existing and future fast-charging hubs.

 

We’ll also look at options to jointly serve EV customers in the UK.

Electrifying trucks

bp has taken its first step in what could be the next big transformation in electrification – trucks. 

 

Currently, this form of transport relies heavily on the power and efficiency of diesel to move heavy loads, making it a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions and, until now, one of the hardest to electrify. 

 

But in Schwegenheim in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, our Aral pulse brand has just opened two new state-of-the-art, ultra-fast charging points aimed specifically at medium- and heavy-duty electric trucks.

 

The 300-kilowatt chargers are powered by 100% renewable energy and capable of adding approximately 150-200 kilometres (90-125 miles) of range in around 45 minutes, making them ideal for a variety of truck types and journeys.

 

We’ve been working with partner Daimler Trucks to help us understand key site design issues. As a result, we built the facilities at one of our Aral retail stations on a major road between Stuttgart and Karlsruhe. We widened the charging bays and added convenience amenities, such as a PetitBistro café, so that truck drivers can enjoy their mandatory 45-minute break in comfort, knowing that the rest of their journey will be covered by the extra electric power.

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