DRIVERS of electric company cars around London can get a swift battery top up now thanks to a special charging hub developed for fleet vehicles.
The first of its kind says bp pulse, the company responsible for the hub’s installation, the rapid charging hub provides ultra fast filling for 10 vehicles simultaneously.
What’s more, bp pulse says that within a few months it will have doubled the capacity of the hub, which is located on London’s Park Lane. Another hub is being constructed at Westminster, London.
Richard Bartlett, bp’s Senior Vice President, Future Mobility & Solutions, said:
“London anticipates that by 2025 taxis and private hire vehicles will account for 80% of all public charging demand in the city. Fast, reliable charging infrastructure in convenient locations is essential to give business and fleet customers the confidence to make the switch to electric. That’s why we’re opening our new hubs at the heart of major cities across the UK and Europe, aiming to keep fleets charged and ready for business.”
Park Lane Rapid Charger In Numbers
10 x 50kW rapid chargers
12 x chargers to be added within months
2 second fleet fast charging hub under construction at Westminster in London
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Car sharing firm Uber, which has a strategic relationship with bp, gets dedicated charge points for Uber partner-drivers. The company plans to electrify all its London based vehicles by 2025.
Jamie Heywood, Uber Regional General Manager, Northern and Eastern Europe added:
“At Uber, we have been doing everything we can to encourage drivers to switch to electric vehicles, including launching Uber Green to make zero-emissions transport a reality. We know that one of the greatest barriers to electrification is the lack of rapid charging points in the right places that are convenient for drivers – bp pulse’s fantastic new hub is a great step forward in making sure their needs will be met.”
The Park Lane hub has 10 rapid 50kW chargers. A further 12 chargers will be added by the summer. To access the hub fleet customers need to have a bp pulse account and have approval to use it.