For better or for worse, oil giant bp has become one of the major players in Europe’s public charging industry. Now the company’s Aral pulse brand has opened its first fast charging facilities aimed at the medium- and heavy-duty electric truck market.
Aral’s retail site at Schwegenheim, Germany now has two 300 kW chargers for electric trucks, and the company says they’re powered by 100% renewable energy. “Situated on the B9 major road, the Schwegenheim site provides truck drivers with a convenient, safe, well-lit station where an electric truck capable of charging at 300 kW could increase its remaining range by around 150-200 km during a driver’s mandatory 45-minute break, and the driver has access to additional services such as food and drink, as well as toilets.”
According to bp, around 1,000 battery-electric trucks were sold in Germany in 2021. Aral pulse currently operates over 850 public charge points for cars and light commercial vehicles at its Aral retail stations.
“Truck manufacturers and truck fleet operators are demanding low-carbon alternative fuels and electrification is an attractive option,” said Emma Delaney, Executive VP, Customers and Products. “Schwegenheim is a perfect example of what the industry needs—ultra-fast charging with safe charging bays for trucks, close to strategic road networks and a place where drivers can take a break and refresh with food and drinks.”