BP has confirmed it will roll out a network of ultra-fast plug-in car chargers across its 1,200 UK service stations following its acquisition of Chargemaster.
The installation of BP Chargemaster branded 150kW rapid chargers, capable of delivering 100 miles of range in 10 minutes, will be rolled out at forecourts over the next 12 months.
These stations will join Chargemaster’s existing network of 6,500 points across the country.
Tufan Erginbilgic, chief executive, BP Downstream, said: “Bringing together the UK’s leading fuel retailer and its largest charging company, BP Chargemaster will deliver a truly differentiated offer for the country’s growing number of electric vehicle owners.
“At BP we believe that fast and convenient charging is critical to support the successful adoption of electric vehicles. Combining BP’s and Chargemaster’s complementary expertise, experience and assets is an important step towards offering fast and ultra-fast charging at BP sites across the UK and to BP becoming the leading provider of energy to low carbon vehicles, on the road or at home.”
BP estimates that there will be 12 million EVs on UK roads by 2040, up from around 135,000 in 2017. The oil giant said the development of EV charging technologies and networks is a key part of its strategy "to advance the energy transition".
David Martell, Chargemaster chief executive, said: “The acquisition of Chargemaster by BP marks a true milestone in the move towards low carbon motoring in the UK.”
Martell said the backing of BP would help Chargemaster to continue to grow its POLAR charging network.
Upon completion of the transaction, Chargemaster employees will continue to be employed by BP Chargemaster or its subsidiaries. BP Chargemaster will operate as a wholly-owned BP entity.