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BP Pulse opens super-fast charging point at Gatwick Airport

Through its subsidiary BP Pulse, British oil company BP has opened its latest new electric vehicle charging hub at Gatwick Airport near London. The HPC columns currently deliver 150 kW, but BP says new hardware will upgrade these units to deliver 300 kW in the future.

At the moment, the new hub in Gatwick’s Q-parking includes three ultra-fast charging units that charge an EV to 80% capacity in 10-15 minutes, offering a range of around 100 miles, so BP Pulse.

The site also offers four 50 kW chargers for airport customers, taxi drivers, local businesses and residents.

Enabled by UK Power Networks, the seven chargers allow ten electric vehicles to charge simultaneously.

Akira Kirton, CEO of BP Pulse, said: “The opening of this latest hub at the UK’s second busiest airport is another milestone in our rollout of super-fast charging.

In today’s statement, the company added that the new Gatwick hub was the first of several major installations planned for 2022, with development already underway at Heathrow Airport.

Commenting on airport charging, Jamie Heywood, Uber Regional General Manager, Northern and Eastern Europe, added: “We know from talking to drivers that one of the biggest barriers to electrification is the lack of fast charging points in the right places. Airport journeys are an important part of income opportunities for many drivers, so bp pulse’s new Gatwick hub is an important step to ensure their electric charging needs are met.

BP Pulse was born when BP renamed BP Chargemaster and acquired the Polar network in 2020. The subsidiary aims to expand the current network to include 16,000 charging stations by 2030. The new facilities will primarily enable faster charging (at from 50kW). Yet BP has also pledged to invest £2million in upgrading ‘legacy’, meaning older charging points, particularly those owned by local authorities.