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BP Pulse opens EV charging hub at Gatwick

BP Pulse new charging hub

BP Pulse has opened its new electric vehicle (EV) charging hub at Gatwick’s Q-Park parking facility. 

The hub includes three ultra-fast 150kW charging units that charge an EV to 80% capacity in as little as 10-15 minutes, providing a range of around 100 miles. Using new hardware, the units will be upgraded to 300kW.

The site also includes four 50kW chargers providing charging for airport users, taxi drivers, local businesses with EV fleets and local residents.

Enabled by UK Power Networks, the seven chargers allow 10 EVs to charge simultaneously.

Akira Kirton, chief executive officer of BP Pulse, said: “We want to bring convenient, fast charging where it is needed most.

“The opening of this latest hub at the UK’s second busiest airport is another important step in our roll out of ultra-fast charging.

“Towards the end of last year, we installed some of the first ultra-fast chargers on major UK motorways, and now we’re starting 2022 with another industry first.”

EV drivers are being urged to apply for money off the cost of installing a charge point at home before it is too late.

The new hub is the first in a number of installations planned for 2022, with developments underway on an ultra-fast hub at Heathrow Airport.

Mobility service provider Uber has welcomed the new hub as a “great step” in switching drivers to fully electric vehicles.

Jamie Heywood, Uber regional general manager, Northern and Eastern Europe said: “We know from speaking to drivers that one of the greatest barriers to electrification is the lack of rapid charging points in the right places.

“Airport trips are an important part of many drivers’ earning opportunities, so BP Pulse’s new Gatwick hub is a great step in making sure their electric charging needs will be met.”

A major new national campaign, which is being backed by the RAC, will focus its efforts on reducing the VAT paid on public charging by EV drivers.

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