Volkswagen and bp joins forces to create fast charging network across Europe

Volkswagen and bp has this week launched a strategic partnership that will boost the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) across Europe, unveiling the first charger in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Volkswagen have been leading the way with their innovative Flexpole 150kW charging units for EV vehicles, featuring two chare points and overcome one of the biggest obstacles for a quick roll-out of rapid charges – the need for high-powered grid connections. 

The first phase of the role-out of these new chargers will see 4,000 charge points installed at bp’s Aral retail sites in Germany and bp sites in the UK over the next 2 years. Additionally, there is potential for up to 8,000 charge points to be available across Europe by the end of 2024.

Bernard Looney, bp’s chief executive officer, said: “EV charging is one of the key engines driving bp’s transformation to an integrated energy company.

“That’s why we’re so excited by our partnership with Volkswagen. When you bring together one of the world’s leading car makers and one of the world’s leading energy companies – the opportunity is huge. This is a significant step-forward on our journey to accelerate the electrification of transport in Europe.”

Herbert Diess, Volkswagen’s chief executive officer, said: “Volkswagen has been pioneering the transformation to e-mobility across Europe. Today we have the broadest offer of electric cars in the market and sold more EVs in the region than any other carmaker last year. Investing in everything from software to batteries and charging is part of our strategy to make individual mobility safer, more convenient and fully climate-neutral. The decarbonization of Europe’s economy requires close collaboration across borders and sectors. We’re pleased to team up with bp to accelerate the roll-out of the fast-charging network across Europe.”

bp has been rapidly expanding its EV charging network, including at its extensive and conveniently located network of retail sites. EV drivers will be able to charge in safe, well-lit stations with access to additional services such as food and drink for their journeys, as well as toilets.

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