bp pulse more than doubles number of ultra-fast EV charge points

EV charging network bp pulse says it has made significant progress in delivering the roll-out of rapid and ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in 2023.

Last year, the company committed to investing £1bn in the UK’s EV infrastructure over the next decade, with a focus on rapid and ultra-fast charging in convenient locations for drivers.

It now has more than double the number of ultra-fast charge points on its UK public network, compared with the same period the previous year.

The network now operates more than 3,000 high speed charge points across the UK.

Investment in the latest charging technology has been delivered alongside great progress in bp pulse’s reliability across the network.

Bp pulse is developing its new EV charging hubs at major transport intersections, on trunk roads and at the heart of the UK road network.

And nine EV charging hubs, each with at least six ultra-fast charge points, were added to the bp pulse network over the year, including in Macclesfield, Tamworth, Uttoxeter, Hull and Dudley.

In September 2023, bp pulse unveiled the UK’s largest public EV charging hub at the NEC Birmingham. The Gigahub™ was officially opened by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt, and can simultaneously charge up to 180 EVs.

Akira Kirton, vice president of bp pulse UK, said: “Over the last 12 months, we have invested in expanding our network infrastructure, installing the latest in charging technology and delivering improved network reliability.

“We have been dedicated to delivering the infrastructure needed to help achieve the UK’s transition to electric vehicles and more than doubling the number of ultra-fast chargers on our network is testament to our progress.

“I’m delighted in the overall progress we have made in 2023 and the major milestones bp pulse has achieved, opening nine new EV charging hubs across the country, including the UK’s largest. We now have 20 EV charging hubs across the country and plans for hundreds more by 2030. 

“2023 saw the UK achieve a milestone with the installation of 10,000 rapid and ultra-fast chargers, making it a significant year for EV charging infrastructure development in the UK. And for bp pulse, I’m extremely optimistic that 2024 will be another exceptional year of delivery.”

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