Bp pulse has announced Europe’s first public charging corridor for electric trucks. The corridor has been built along a major logistics route in Germany.
The EV charging corridor has been built along the Rhine-Alpine corridor which is one of Europe’s busiest road freight routes.
The company has stated that it will consist of eight dedicated e-truck charging stations with an undetermined number of ultra-fast 300kw charge points per station.
BP Pulse has not disclosed the exact number of chargers that have been installed. The new chargers have been installed on Aral retail sites in Germany between the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region.
Aral is bp’s German retail brand. In the next six months, two additional locations are scheduled to open on Aral retail sites to complete the new charging corridor stated the release.
Once complete, using the Aral pulse charging corridor, an E-Truck will be able to cover over 600km across Germany along one of European’s major road transport routes.
The 300kw charging stations are each capable of charging more than 20 E-Trucks, per charger each day. An E-Truck’s range can reach up to 200km in around 45-minutes using the ultra-fast charge points.
The retail sites will also feature hot food, restrooms and showers for drivers to use during rest periods.
Nigel Head, EV Truck Director, Europe, bp pulse, said: “This is a significant moment for E-Trucks in Europe and an important step in our journey towards helping to decarbonise truck transportation. By electrifying this stretch of the Rhine-Alpine corridor with ultra-fast charging, bp is enabling EV Truck charging beyond “back to base” whilst rapidly learning customer insights which will directly inform our longer-term European network and proposition.”
“By beginning the roll-out of a dedicated charging network for freight operators and fleets, with a focus on major logistics corridors, bp is supporting the electrification of medium and heavy-duty vehicles, decarbonising the movement of goods, as well as people.
“Ultra-fast charging in the right locations, combined with depot and destination charging, is critical infrastructure to accelerate the electrification transition, unlocking the economic and environmental benefits of low-carbon commercial road freight and transport.”
Along with these charging site, bp also aims to create a network of mobility hubs along key logistic corridors across Europe as the amount of electric medium and heavy-duty vehicles increases.
Johannes Pallasch, from Germany’s National Centre for Charging Infrastructure, part of the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport said: “To reduce CO2 emissions in road freight transport significantly, e-trucks will play a central role in regional and long-distance transport. As with passenger cars, the switch to electromobility can only succeed with a reliable and needs-based charging infrastructure. With today’s opening, Aral is taking an important step in this direction.”
bp has a global ambition of having more than 100,000 chargers installed worldwide by 2030 focused on ultra-fast charging.
Press release and picture: bp pulse