UK electric vehicle (EV) charging network BP Pulse has more than doubled the number of ultra-fast chargepoints in its public network this year compared to the same period in 2022.
The network reportedly now operates more than 3,000 high-speed chargepoints (those 50kW and above) across the UK.
Last year, the company committed to investing £1bn in the UK’s EV infrastructure over the next decade, with a focus on rapid and ultra-fast charging in convenient locations for drivers, such as at major transport intersections, on trunk roads and on the UK road network.
Over the last 12 months, BP Pulse has opened nine new EV charging hubs locations such as Macclesfield, Tamworth, Uttoxeter, Hull, Dudley, as well as the country’s largest to date at the NEC in Birmingham.
Akira Kirton, vice president of BP Pulse UK, said: “I’m delighted in the overall progress we have made in 2023 and the major milestones BP Pulse has achieved, opening nine new EV charging hubs across the country, including the UK’s largest.
“We now have 20 EV charging hubs across the country and plans for hundreds more by 2030.
“2023 saw the UK achieve a milestone with the installation of 10,000 rapid and ultra-fast chargers, making it a significant year for EV charging infrastructure development in the UK.
“And for BP Pulse, I’m extremely optimistic that 2024 will be another exceptional year of delivery.”
Alongside this continued expansion, BP Pulse and Uber announced a new global mobility agreement that will see the companies work together to help Uber achieve its goal of becoming a zero-pipeline emissions mobility platform in the UK by 2030.
In October 2022, the company and M&S signed an exclusive agreement to expand its national charging network with high-speed EV chargepoints at around 70 M&S stores. Work has started on the delivery of the M&S sites and will continue into 2024.
What’s more, in the final month of 2023, BP Pulse opened what’s reported to be its most powerful EV charging hub in London, at Q-Park Pimlico.
The hub features eight 150kW chargers, equating to 16 75kW charging points, including dedicated charging bays for Uber.
Achievements and innovations in EV charging will be celebrated at the third annual CiTTi Awards, which will be held on 26 November 2024 at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London. Nominations officially open in March 2024. Please visit www.cittiawards.co.uk to learn more about this unmissable event for the UK’s transportation sector.