Addison Lee scores deal with BP Pulse in London
Addison Lee, a British chauffeur and courier company, has teamed up with BP Pulse, giving Addison Lee’s EV fleet enhanced access to over 3,000 ultra-fast and rapid EV charge points. The private hire company has pledged to transition to an all-electric fleet by 2023.
Addison Lee, easily London’s most premium taxi service, has reportedly been buying Volkswagen ID.4 cars since September 2021. Today’s statement included news that the company has 450 Volkswagen ID.4s operating across London in the company’s black and yellow livery. The aim is to grow this fleet to 1,000 by the end of the year. The purchase has been made in close partnership with Volkswagen UK.
As for the agreement with BP Pulse, Addison Lee appears to have scored a similarly exclusive deal. The agreement includes access for Addison Lee drivers to BP Pulse’s EV Fleet Charging Hubs on Park Lane and at Gatwick airport. The Park Lane hub has 22 rapid charge points (50kW), and the Gatwick hub has six ultra-fast charge points (150kW) and eight rapid charge points (50kW). The Gatwick site is BP’s most modern charge hub opened earlier this year. The announcement did not include information on tariffs.
“Access to charging infrastructure continues to be the number one challenge for drivers switching to electric vehicles,” Addison Lee CEO, Liam Griffin, said. “Signing up with bp pulse provides Addison Lee partner drivers access to its expanding charging network in London.”
Last year, the company also installed a partnership with JustPark, providing drivers exclusive access to off-street charging points via FleetCharge and Octopus Energy.
Addison Lee last year said it would invest £160 million to convert its fleet of more than 4,000 vehicles to electric. That is the equivalent of just under €187 million.
BP Pulse is also growing its network. In the UK, the company has announced plans to invest up to £1 billion into EV charging infrastructure, including in London.
Akira Kirton, CEO, bp pulse UK, said on the Addison Lee deal, “Relationships like this, together with our plans to open several more fleet charging hubs across the City and Greater London, will facilitate more electric journeys and help accelerate the electric transformation of fleets.”
The BP subsidiary was given the new name BP Pulse incorporating bp Chargemaster and Polar in 2020. BP also pledged to invest two million pounds in upgrading “legacy” charge points, specifically those owned by local authorities.
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