Oil giant British Petrol (BP) has invested 5 million dollars in FreeWire, a U.S.-based manufacturer of mobile EV charging systems. BP plans to roll out FreeWire’s Mobi Charger units for use at selected BP retail sites in the UK and Europe during 2018.
FreeWire’s mobile charging unit has not been made for stationery use, at least not initially. When it was launched, it served as a unit to come to where the EV was (we reported).
BP may not just take the Mobi Charger as an emergency unit but the roll-out may indeed be temporary as it is a test run for the petrol chemical company for now.
Tufan Erginbilgic, the chief executive of BP Downstream, said “with FreeWire’s mobile system we can respond very quickly and provide charging facilities at forecourts where we see the greatest demand without needing to make significant investments in today’s fixed technologies and infrastructure.”
BP’s competitor Shell has been showing a little more commitment as it recently joined the fast-charging network Ionity that is being set up by BMW, Daimler, Ford, and Volkswagen’s Audi and Porsche. In the UK, Shell runs a cooperation with Allego (we reported) and on the European level, Shell has taken over New Motion and its EV charging network entirely.