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bp pulse builds Europe’s first public charging corridor for electric trucks along major logistics route

Once complete, an E-Truck will be able to cover over 600 kilometres across Germany along one of European’s major road transport routes, announced bp’s electric vehicle charging business, bp pulse.

Six public charging locations with ultra-fast 300 kilowatts (kW) charge points aimed at E-Trucks have been launched along the Rhine-Alpine corridor across Germany, one of the busiest road freight routes in Europe connecting key North Sea ports in Belgium and the Netherlands with the Mediterranean port of Genoa in Italy through a network of roads stretching in total 1,300 kilometres.

The new chargers have been installed on Aral (bp’s German retail brand) retail sites in Germany between the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan area and the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region. In the next six months, two additional locations are scheduled to open to complete the new charging corridor.

The 300 kW charging stations are each capable of charging more than 20 E-Trucks, per charger each day. An E-Truck’s range can reach up to 200 kilometres in around 45 minutes using ultra-fast charge points.

“This is a significant moment for E-Trucks in Europe and an important step in our journey towards helping to decarbonise truck transportation. By electrifying this stretch of the Rhine-Alpine corridor with ultra-fast charging, bp is enabling EV Truck charging beyond back to base whilst rapidly learning customer insights which will directly inform our longer-term European network and proposition,” said Nigel Head, EV Truck Director, Europe of bp pulse.

“Ultra-fast charging in the right locations, combined with depot and destination charging, is critical infrastructure to accelerate the electrification transition, unlocking the economic and environmental benefits of low-carbon commercial road freight and transport,” he added.

Alex Junge, Aral Board Member for E-Mobility noted that the discussion about e-mobility has been focused on the passenger car sector, but medium and heavy goods vehicles are also at a decisive turning point. “Our strategy is designed to meet this demand with the right infrastructure and our first public electric truck charging corridor in Germany is an important milestone on this path,” he pointed out.

By 2030, it has been estimated that approximately 270,000 battery electric medium and heavy-duty vehicles will be in operation in Europe and they will require up to 140,000 public and destination electric charging points.

This transition is already underway: the German truck fleet is now over 3.5 million vehicles and bp pulse launched its first ultra-fast-charging facilities for medium and heavy-duty electric trucks in Schwegenheim, Rheinland-Pfalz, says the company.

In addition to developing new dedicated electric charging sites, bp also aims to create a network of mobility hubs along key logistics corridors across Europe providing freight operators with a range of energy options.

bp has a global ambition of having more than 100,000 chargers installed worldwide by 2030 focused on ultra-fast charging.

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