The EV Network, which describes itself as “an independent EV charging infrastructure development company,” and bp pulse, the EV charging arm of global oil giant bp, have signed an agreement to deploy DC fast charging hubs across the UK.
Under the new agreement, EVN will construct “a significant number of rapid and ‘ultra-fast’ EV charging stations in high-traffic areas at strategically selected locations, many of which have already been secured.” Construction is to start immediately, and a number of the new sites are expected to be operational by the end of 2021.
This project will include charging hubs, each with six to twelve chargers, as well as “e-forecourts,” each with up to 24 ultra-fast chargers (300 kW) as well as on-site solar PV, and battery storage systems supplied by Swiss battery maker Leclanché. The e-forecourts will have both retail and convenience facilities for drivers.
“The new hubs and e-forecourts will be built with utilisation and practicality in mind, including developments alongside the UK’s motorway network,” said bp pulse CEO Matteo de Renzi. “Our agreement with EVN forms a complementary part of bp pulse’s UK expansion plans. We will still be expanding the provision of ultra-fast charging on bp retail sites.”
“As the largest charge point operator in the market, bp pulse is a perfect partner for EVN to deliver the critically required national EV charging infrastructure,” said EVN Chief Executive Reza Shaybani. “Together with bp pulse we will be building the most efficient and best customer experience EV charging stations in the UK.”
Source: The Electric Vehicle Network