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Mega-watt EV chargers are to be installed at Ashford International Truckstop, as part of bp pulse’s strategic drive to create a Europe-wide network of electric truck charging infrastructure.

Strategically located off Junction 10 and 10a of the M20, Ashford International Truckstop is close to Dover, the UK’s busiest ferry port, and LeShuttle Freight via the Eurotunnel terminal in Folkestone. Approximately 3.5 million Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) travel across the channel via the port of Dover and Eurotunnel each year.

Following the acquisition of the site, bp pulse plans to “transform the site” to host approximately 20 mega-watt EV chargers (MCS), 10 x 400kW and 125 x 100 kW chargers, for both ‘on the go’ and overnight HGVs, with the capacity being subject to power connection availability and the pace of electrification in the UK and European road freight sector.

A mega-watt EV charger has the potential to fully charge an HGV in up to 45 minutes, enabling an onward range of circa 310 miles (500km) in a single charge, depending on EV model, battery, the weather and driving conditions. The first mega-watt EV chargers at Ashford are expected to be in place from 2026.

Stefan von Dobschuetz, general manager bp pulse Europe, said:

“For fleet operators to consider going electric, they must be confident that the infrastructure is in place to support them. That is why we are thrilled to have secured the land to a crucial site near Dover as we strive to meet the evolving needs of HGV operators transitioning to EVs. The location of this truck stop aligns with our mission to provide accessible and strategically positioned charging infrastructure for our customers along the major truck corridors in Europe.”

“Now we need to unlock the EV charging potential at this site. We look forward to working with national energy infrastructure partners to facilitate timely power connections for our ambitious project.”

The news follows bp’s launch of Europe’s first truck charging corridor along a 600km stretch of the Rhine-Alpine corridor across Germany. 21 Aral pulse (bp’s brand in Germany) EV truck stops are already operational in Germany enabling an electric truck to cover over 750km across multiple routes throughout the country.

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