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bp pulse to install 32 ultra-fast 300kW and 150 slow chargers at hub in Birmingham

This past May at the Commercial Vehicle Show hosted at The NEC in Birmingham, industry pundits and leaders met to take the pulse of the ongoing electric vehicle revolution. As a new EV charging hub on the outskirts of Birmingham highlights the scale of investment required to support the EV revolution, bp pulse announced its investment in the program: 32 ultra-fast 300kW chargers and 150 slow chargers. At the show, our own Adrian Brabazon, UK fleet sales manager, explained how for companies the ability to demonstrate a comprehensive carbon net zero plan has become important to win business and has intensified the focus on fleet emissions. “Customers and consumers are demanding a decarbonisation plan. It is becoming critical; a licence to operate. If you cannot demonstrate a net zero plan you will not be considered. The weighting in tenders is much higher than it was 12 months ago,” he said.

 

50% diesel decline

Our projections see demand for diesel declining by 50% between today and 2040, and it has modelled more aggressive scenarios that see this decline reach two-thirds over the next two decades. Brabazon said the transition to net zero strategies is happening faster than anticipated, and that first movers are gaining a competitive advantage.

 

bp pulse to triple charge point network

bp pulse operates the largest network of EV charge points in the UK, with more than 9,000 chargers, and has committed to invest £1billion over the next decade to triple the size of its network. The EV charging operator provides a complete charging solution, installing home chargers and offering charge point solutions at fleet depots and workplace car parks. Across the UK, it expects home and workplace charging each to account for about 40% of charging, with public chargers providing the final 20%, although the ratios are likely to differ for electric vans, with fewer drivers able to charge at home.

 

During the transition from internal combustion engines to EVs, bp’s Fuel & Charge card enables fleets to consolidate fuel and charging expenditure into a single invoice, and bp pulse is working on the development of a charge card that will integrate depot and public charging spend. It is also building a reimbursement tool that will allow employers to pay for EV business mileages when drivers plug in their vehicles at home.