BP Chargemaster, the UKs largest supplier of charging points for electric cars, will install 400 points capable of charging 150 kW ultra-fast by 2021, including 100 at 50 sites by the end of 2019.
At a conference with BP Chargemaster, general manager of BPs products and services division, Downstream, Tufan Erginbilgic, said that the launch of 150 kW loaders at petrol stations will begin in July. The chargers will be part of the Polar network, which has more than 6,500 public charging points across the UK.
The launch will help prepare the UK charging network for the future, as very few electric vehicles are currently capable of charging at 150 kW. Audis e-tron is, and its 95kWh battery can be charged to 80% in about 30 minutes.
The current network of “fast” chargers has a load capacity of 50kW, while Tesla superchargers have a load capacity of up to 120kW. The Californian manufacturer recently unveiled a new version of the Supercharger, capable of dividing 1MW of power between four cars, with a load rate of 250kW per car. This will allow the Model 3 to recover 75 miles of battery life in just five minutes.
Companies such as Pod Point, Fastned and Ionity say they are launching chargers capable of supplying power from 150 kW, but there are currently only a few that are operational in the UK. BP Chargemasters announcement is the biggest commitment so far.
The development of the United Kingdoms recharging infrastructure is seen as one of the most important factors in enabling the United Kingdom to meet climate change targets, including the promise to end the sale of conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040.
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