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BP Pulse and APCOA Parking Group have signed a pan-European frame agreement to open 100 EV fast charging hubs across Europe.

BP Pulse will install ultra-fast charging at APCOA car parks – so called ‘Urban Hubs’ – in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland and the UK over the next three years to help expand its charging network in city centres.

The project is part of APCOA plans to turn its car parks into Urban Hubs which will provide physical and digital infrastructure for mobility, logistics, e-charging and technology based services.

The two companies aim to work together through digital integration of the BP Pulse and ‘PCOA Connect apps in the UK and APCOA Flow app in Europe. Registered users will be able to locate, access, book and pay for their charging and parking at the car park from their mobile, and the car park’s entry and exit barriers will open automatically as the vehicle approaches.

Two Urban Hubs in Berlin and Bremen, Germany are expected to open in the third quarter of 2023. These will be the first locations to offer ultra fast charging which can charge a minimum of six cars, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will be operated by Aral Pulse, BP’s German brand. To make the most of downtime whilst charging, some of the hubs will also offer a ‘driver lounge’ including a vending offer of hot and cold drinks, seating areas with phone charging points, free Wi-Fi and restrooms will be available.

With the incoming ban on ICE vehicles across Europe in 2035, alongside measures to equip up to 30% of public parking spaces with charging facilities for electric cars, these Urban Hubs “will offer one solution in well-lit city-centre parking where available land is often scarce”, the companies said in a statement.

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