BP Chargemaster has unveiled its first 150kW electric vehicle chargers on a BP retail site, the first in a planned network of ultra-fast infrastructure across the UK.

“As the world of mobility evolves, BP is determined to be the fuel provider of choice whether drivers need electric charging or liquid fuels,” said BP Downstream chief executive, Tufan Erginbilgic.

“BP Chargemaster continues to develop and is leading the way for our understanding of how we can best support and succeed in this fast-growing new market.

“Convenient and reliable ultra-fast charging will be critical in driving the wider adoption of electric vehicles in the UK.

“The combination of BP Chargemaster’s EV charging expertise, experience and customer base with BP’s retail sites across the UK is now allowing us to develop the UK’s first nationwide network of ultra-fast chargers.”

The new 150kW machines are able to provide ultra-fast charging to the latest and next generation of EVs, which BP sees as essential to support continued growth of the UK’s EV market.

Two of these new chargers are now installed at BP’s retail site at Cranford near Heathrow airport, west of London and started operating last week.

They are the first in a planned roll-out of 400 ultra-fast chargers at BP sites across the UK by the end of 2021, with the network continuing to grow in line with new vehicle models arriving on the market.

“We believe our establishment of a nationwide ultra-fast charging network will be transformative for the electric vehicle market in the UK,” added BP Chargemaster COO, David Newton.

“Working closely with global vehicle manufacturers, we are developing the solutions electric vehicle drivers need to enable them to charge confidently and conveniently, wherever they are in the country.

“BP’s forecourts are ideal locations for this technology, which will provide an expected dwell time of 10-12 minutes, not dissimilar from the average of around seven minutes spent by drivers of petrol and diesel cars on a forecourt today.”

Formed in 2008, Chargemaster was acquired by BP in 2018 and renamed BP Chargemaster.

Today it operates Polar, the largest electric vehicle charging network in the UK, with more than 7,000 public charge points.