By 2021, BP Chargemaster plans to have 400 rapid charging stations in the United Kingdom. The company has also introduced a new 150 kW high power charger. By the end of the year, 100 of the new charging stations should already be in use.
The high power charging unit should make it possible to charge power for 100 miles of driving (161 kilometres) in 10 minutes. Unlike many fast chargers currently being installed in Europe, BP Chargemaster charging stations offer both CSS and Chademo plugs.
The provider that was taken over by British Petrol in 2018 plans to set up a network of 400 high-power charging points at BP sites reportedly, primarily filling stations, in the UK by 2021. The first 100 columns are to be installed at 50 locations this year. Construction is expected to begin in July.
In Great Britain, the fast chargers will be integrated into the POLAR network initiated by Chargemaster, which currently has over 6,500 charging points. BP renamed the company BP Chargemaster after taking over. Even at this early stage, the British petroleum company declared its intention to give high priority to the introduction of rapid charging infrastructure. According to their own statements, BP has a network of 1,200 forecourts in the UK – this puts them in a good position to set up a nationwide infrastructure, it was said at the time.
In addition to BP, Pod Point, Fastned and Ionity are also working on setting up a fast charging network with charging capacities of more than 150 kW in Great Britain.