BP agreed to join BMW Group and Daimler Mobility in a drive to extend and significantly improve electrification, making electric vehicle charging more convenient, simpler and seamless for drivers.
Under their agreement, BP will become a 33.3% partner alongside BMW Group and Daimler Mobility in Digital Charging Solutions (DCS), one of Europe's leading developers of chargers for automotive manufacturers and vehicle fleet operators. BP's acquisition of the stake in DCS will be subject to regulatory approval. Terms were not disclosed.
DCS works with OEMs to integrate charging into vehicle operating systems. DCS already offers access to 228,000 charging points in 32 countries giving drivers extensive access to charging infrastructure across Europe.
BP's European charging networks will be integrated into the DCS network as well as fuel and charge for fleet customers, as a first step.
BP aims to grow its network of public EV charging points by 2030 to over 70,000 worldwide and currently has around 8,700 in Europe while UK network BP pulse is claimed to be already the most used charging network in the UK.
The company is also rapidly growing its network of ultra-fast chargers and plans to have around 250 operating in the UK and 500 across its retail sites in Germany by year end. DCS customers will gain access to these additional charging points and BP will gain access to a wider customer base.