In an effort to future-proof the country’s electric car charging infrastructure, BP Chargemaster have announced that 400 new ultra-fast chargers – capable of 150kW charging – will be installed on their petrol station forecourts by 2021.
Included within the 400 new chargers are 100 that are set to be installed at 50 different petrol station forecourts by the end of 2019. All of the new chargers will be part of the Polar network that already consists of over 6,500 public charging points across the country.
The new 150kW chargers will be capable of charging cars like the Audi e-tron to 80% in around 30 minutes (that’ll vary depending on the vehicle, of course). Most of the current rapid chargers in the UK’s charging network are only capable of 50kW, so the offer of 150kW chargers is certainly a big upgrade.
With lots of changes concerning petrol and diesel powered cars on the horizon, the new 150kW chargers will look to future-proof the network, ready for an increased uptake of electric cars. In fact, many of the electric cars currently available on the market aren’t actually compatible with 150kW ultra-fast charging.
Whilst companies such as Pod Point, Fastned and Ionity are working on a 150kW charger roll-out, BP Chargemaster are the first company to announce such a large commitment to upgrading the country’s ultra-fast charging network.
Developing the electric charging infrastructure is one of the biggest challenges currently facing electric cars in the UK, so commitments and schemes like this one are paramount to the widespread adoption of electric cars. What do you think of the scheme? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.