Independent EV charging infrastructure development company EV Network and bp pulse have joined forces to develop new rapid and ultra-fast charging e-forecourts and hubs across the UK

The deal will see investment in a significant number of rapid and ultra-fast charging hubs, with up to 24 ultra-fast chargers per site. The first e-forecourt with 300kW ultra-fast chargers is scheduled to open in late 2021.

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. A number of sites are expected to be operational by the end of 2021.

The initiative supports bp’s ambition to develop ‘hubs’ of between six to twelve chargers, as well as “next generation of e-forecourts” with up to 24 ultra-fast chargers (300KW) with on-site solar PV and battery storage systems supplied by Swiss energy storage manufacturer Leclanche. The e-forecourts will have both retail and convenience facilities for drivers while they are waiting for their cars to be charged.

EV Network Chairman, Lord Barker of Battle said, “Together we will be making a reliable national network of EV charging stations a reality for the fast-growing number of electric vehicle drivers.

Matteo de Renzi, CEO of bp pulse, said, “The new hubs and e-forecourts will be built with utilisation and practicality in mind, including developments alongside the UK’s motorway network.

“The agreement is 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.”