The EV Network & bp to Develop EV Charging Hubs in UK
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 by EVN 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, EVN received an initial GBP 50 million investment commitment as its chosen development partner in EV charging infrastructure from SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust plc, 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 GBP 150 million for EVN’s plan to develop a further 400 EV charging sites.