BP opens electric truck charging station

In a recent press release, bp announced the opening of its first ultra-fast charging stations for medium and heavy electric trucks, which will allow companies in the sector to decarbonize more quickly. According to the IEA, tailpipe CO2 emissions have increased by an average of 2.2% each year since 2000.

“While the transition to electric vehicles is well underway in Europe, we are now seeing a shift towards electric trucks. Truck manufacturers and truck fleet operators are demanding low carbon alternative fuels and electrification is an attractive option. The opening of our first truck charging facilities in Schwegenheim is a significant milestone for bp and the industry,” said Emma Delaney, Executive Vice President, Customers and Products.

“Schwegenheim is a perfect example of what the industry needs – super-fast charging with secure charging bays for trucks, close to strategic road networks and a place where drivers can take a break and refresh with food and drink.”

Two ultra-fast chargers for electric trucks, powered by 100% renewable energy, have been installed at the Schwegenheim outlet in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, with an output of up to 300 kW. The Schwegenheim site, located on the main road B9, is a convenient, safe and well-lit station where a 300 kW capacity electric truck could extend its range by around 150 to 200 kilometers during the required 45 minutes of rest of the driver. And there are other conveniences accessible to drivers, such as food and drink for their break.

Daimler Truck, a German commercial truck manufacturer that is one of the largest in the world, will launch its battery-electric eActros for heavy urban distribution in 2021. To give truck drivers the accessibility they need and an experience of enjoyable charging, the company worked with bp to outline the required layout, charging speeds and positioning of the chargers.

“It is important to have a reliable and powerful charging infrastructure to support the market launch of our battery electric trucks. Our ambition is to have a comprehensive public fast charging network for commercial vehicles in Europe by 2025. The Schwegenheim site is a great example of how we are working with strong partners to achieve this,” said Martin Daum, member of the board of directors. from the management of Daimler Truck AG responsible for trucks and buses.

The charging stations in Schwegenheim extend Aral pulse’s growing network of fast charging sites throughout the country. Aral pulse is Germany’s largest public provider of high-power charging stations, with more than 850 ultra-fast charging points for automobiles and small commercial vehicles located at its well-lit and equipped Aral service stations, offering excellent reliability and convenience. The new charging platform for electric trucks will allow truckers to charge their vehicles near strategic road networks, and manufacturers to test the charging capabilities of their electric trucks in real conditions.

“I am delighted that bp and Aral pulse continue to support the electrification of German truck fleets. Zero-exhaust trucks will be crucial if we are to achieve our decarbonization goals and expand charging infrastructure across Germany. This project is a further step for the electrification of mobility in Germany and Europe,” says Kurt-Christoph von Knobelsdorff, CEO and Spokesperson of NOW GmbH.

While electric vehicle charging for passenger cars is getting a lot of attention, electric trucks are a critical piece of the puzzle when it comes to electrifying transport and reducing emissions. Electric trucks have the potential to significantly reduce emissions from the transport sector, which is responsible for around a fifth of all global CO2 emissions.

It’s great to see that even oil companies are starting to invest in electric vehicle infrastructure, as this will be essential for the widespread adoption of electric vehicles. Hopefully this is just the beginning, and we’ll see even more oil companies invest in truck charging stations in the future.

Featured image provided by BP.

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