UK EV Charging
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BP Chargemaster has announced that the first UK electric vehicle (EV) ultra-fast charging points have opened at the Cranford forecourt. This is part of an initiative to install 400 such sites across the country by the end of 2021.

The 150kW chargers are capable of charging approximately 100 miles of range in 10 minutes, dependent on EV model, and are accessed via an app equipped with wireless payment technology, allowing drivers to use their bank cards when charging.

The company has committed to introducing contactless payment options on all rapid and ultra-fast chargers and will continue making use of British-made chargers, as well as retrofit existing UK-made rapid chargers before September 2021.

David Newton, Chief Operating Officer at BP Chargemaster said: “We believe our establishment of a nationwide ultra-fast charging network will be transformative for the electric vehicle market in the UK.

“Working closely with global vehicle manufacturers, we are developing the solutions that electric vehicle drivers need to enable them to charge confidently and conveniently, wherever they are in the country.

“BP’s forecourts are ideal locations for this technology, which will provide an expected dwell time of 10 to 12 minutes, not dissimilar from the average of around seven minutes spent by drivers of petrol and diesel cars on a forecourt today.”

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