BP Pulse launches fast-charging network in Australia

BP Pulse, the charging network business BP put together, is expanding in Australia. The company has opened the first of 600 charging stations on the continent, utilising its forecourts.

BP Pulse has installed fast charge points at BP Bayside at Brighton East in Melbourne. Sites at Diamond Creek in Victoria and Caboolture in Queensland have also opened to the public. The oil company added they were selecting locations at “key metropolitan and regional BP retail locations along Australia’s east coast”, where drivers can also get food and drinks.

The company relies on locally manufactured hardware from Tritium, building on a deal in April this year. BP, at the time, reportedly placed an initial order with Tritium for almost 1,000 fast charging stations for the UK, Australian and New Zealand markets.

Each Tritium charger has two connectors to charge two vehicles simultaneously. In 2023, new and existing chargers will be connected to high power grid connections that will enable charging speeds of up to 150kW, so BP.

Bernard Looney, the corporation’s CEO, said: “It’s brilliant to get bp pulse underway in Australia, delivering a high-speed, high-quality charging experience to help accelerate the transition to electric vehicles.”

There are 1,400 branded retail fuel sites across the country, of which approximately 350 are BP-owned, and more than 1,000 are owned and operated by independent business partners.

BP Pulse has the ambition to install more than 100,000 EV chargers globally. The network initially came into being when BP bought and renamed BP Chargemaster and bought out the Polar network in the UK in 2020.

bp.com, drive.com


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