The EV Network and bp pulse have signed an agreement that promises to significantly expand the provision of convenient, ultra-fast charging infrastructure across the country.
The agreement with bp pulse is expected to result in the development and construction of a significant number of rapid and ‘ultra-fast’ EV charging stations in high-traffic areas at strategically selected locations, many of which have already been secured. This agreement is understood to be one the largest of its kind in the UK and represents a major step forward in the roll out of national EV charging infrastructure.
Development and construction of the charging stations is expected to start immediately, with the location of the first forecourt already agreed, and a number of other sites are also expected to be operational by the end of 2021.
This national EV charging station roll out for bp pulse will include state of the art ‘hubs’ of between six to twelve chargers, as well as the next generation of ‘e-forecourts’ with up to 24 ultra-fast chargers (300KW) with on-site solar PV and battery storage systems supplied by Leclanche SA. The e-forecourts will have both retail and convenience facilities for drivers while they are waiting for their cars to be charged.
In August 2020, the EV Network (EVN) received an initial £50 million investment commitment as its chosen development partner in EV charging infrastructure from SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust plc (“SEEIT”), the first UK listed company of its kind to invest exclusively in the energy efficiency sector. SEEIT has the right of first refusal in the next 24-36 months to provide an additional c.£150 million for EVN’s plan to develop a further c.400 EV charging sites.
Reza Shaybani, Founding EVN Chief Executive, said:
“This ground-breaking agreement with bp pulse has got 2021 off to a racing start. As the largest charge point operator in the market, bp pulse is a perfect partner for EVN to deliver the critically required national EV charging infrastructure. This is a fantastic milestone for The EV Network and together with bp pulse we will be building the most efficient and best customer experience EV charging stations in the UK.”
Matteo de Renzi, CEO of bp pulse, said:
“This partnership represents a vital step forward in our commitment to make ultra-fast charging widely accessible across the UK. The new hubs and e-forecourts will be built with utilisation and practicality in mind, including developments alongside the UK’s motorway network.
“Our agreement with EVN forms a complementary part of bp pulse’s UK expansion plans. We will still be expanding the provision of ultra-fast charging on bp retail sites but are excited to be adding these exciting new formats to our portfolio of public charging solutions to help suit the needs of even more drivers.”
Jonathan Maxwell, CEO of Sustainable Development Capital LLP, said:
“Electric vehicle sales in the UK are at an inflection point, making the immediate scaling up of high quality, rapid and widely available EV charging infrastructure of critical importance.
“This investment, in partnership with The Electric Vehicle Network, is a significant commitment to EV charging infrastructure in the UK and we look forward to supporting and enabling the market for sustainable and low carbon transport, helping to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.”