Integrated energy company bp has joined an initiative run by automotive companies BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG to increase electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
bp has joined BMW Group and Daimler Mobility’s Digital Charging Solutions GmbH to make electric vehicle charging more convenient, simpler and seamless for drivers.
Bp will acquire a 33.3% stake in Digital Charging Solutions GmbH once the transaction earns regulatory approval.
Richard Bartlett, bp senior vice president, future mobility & solutions said: “Our aim is to make charging as convenient as refuelling at the pump – fast, reliable and a great customer experience. Joining forces with BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG in DCS, combined with the expansion of our ultra-fast charging network, will help provide drivers access to convenient charging where they need it. It also gives us access to a much wider customer base, ultimately driving up utilisation rates on our network.”
To date, Digital Charging Solutions has 228,000 charging points in 32 countries as part of efforts to increase EV chargers for OEMs, fleet customers and EV drivers.
Digital Charging Solutions (DCS) works with OEMs to integrate its charging solutions into vehicle operating systems, offering Plug & Charge for vehicle and charger to communicate seamlessly without the need for additional customer authentication.
For example, DCS already operates “Mercedes me Charge”, “BMW Charging” and “MINI Charging” services.
bp’s European charging networks will be integrated into the DCS’s software system, as well as Fuel & Charge for fleet customers.
The acquisition is part of efforts by bp to expand its portfolio of public EV chargers to 70,000 by 2030. Today, bp has around 8,700 charging points in Europe and its UK network bp pulse is the most used EV charging network in the UK.
bp is expanding its network of ultra-fast chargers and plans to have around 250 ultra-fast chargers operating at bp retail sites in the UK and 500 ultra-fast charging points across its Aral retail sites in Germany by year end.
“Together with the BMW Group, we are consistently driving forward the transition to electric mobility. With bp, we are gaining a strategic partner who will help us to further strengthen the customer offering of DCS. bp’s large network of retail sites offers ideal conditions for the expansion of charging infrastructure – precisely where customers of electric vehicles need and expect them. We also see great potential in combining tank and charging solutions for the growing customer group of plug-in hybrids. bp’s commitment will help DCS accelerate the implementation of its ambitious plans,” says Stephan Unger, chief financial officer of Daimler Mobility AG, responsible for Finance and Controlling, Risk Management and Digital Mobility Solutions.