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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


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.‎




  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



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

BP Chargemaster: +44 (0)07387 418 967, tom.callow@bpchargemaster.com

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