BP Pulse, the electric vehicle charging arm of BP, is set to bolster its presence in the UK with two major initiatives. The company has inked an agreement with Henderson Group to deploy up to 200 EV charging points at approximately 100 Henderson Retail sites in Northern Ireland over the next two years. This strategic move aims to address the escalating demand for ultra-fast charging infrastructure in the region, driven by a 55% surge in ultra-low emission vehicle registrations in the past two years.
As part of the agreement, 30 BP-branded chargers will be installed at Henderson Retail locations, contributing to the rapid expansion of the EV charging network. The full rollout is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2025. Currently, 17 charging locations are already operational at BP SPAR sites across Northern Ireland, along with four additional Henderson Retail SPAR sites.
Simultaneously, BP Pulse has inaugurated its most powerful charging hub in central London, located at Q-Park Pimlico in the Borough of Westminster. The hub features eight charging columns equipped with 150 kW fast chargers, allowing 16 electric vehicles to charge simultaneously. While most charge points are open to all electric car drivers, Uber will have two dedicated charge points for its drivers at the London hub. This move aligns with Uber's commitment to supporting its drivers' transition to electric vehicles and addresses the shortage of fast charging points.
Uber's General Manager in the UK, Andrew Brem, emphasized the significance of strategically located fast charging infrastructure and how the London hub in Pimlico will contribute to encouraging more Uber drivers to adopt electric vehicles. The expansion initiatives align with BP Pulse's focus on ultra-fast charging, with plans to deploy hundreds of hubs throughout the decade in locations that cater to the needs of electric vehicle drivers.