BP looks to battery power for fast chargers

December 14, 2020 //By Nick Flaherty
BP looks to battery power for fast chargers
A deal between bp pulse and FreeWire Technologies in California could reduce the strain on grid connections for fast chargers for electric vehicles across the UK

bp pulse has signed a preliminary exclusive deal with FreeWire Technologies in California to deploy battery-backed fast chargers across the UK.

The exclusive MOU (memorandum of understanding) is for bp pulse, formerly Chargemaster, to deploy FreeWire’s Boost Charger in its operations across the UK. The battery-integrated systems avoid the need for fast chargers to have a high power grid connection.

The initial agreement between the two companies, which if finalised could be valued at more than $50 million, will help bp pulse to meet its goal of operating 700 or more ultra-fast public chargers by 2025. The Boost Charger is an integrated solution that provides fast charging without requiring costly and time-intensive grid upgrades.

This connects to existing low-voltage grid connections while enabling fast charging using an integrated 160 kWh lithium-ion battery. This can virtually eliminate the costs associated with grid upgrades and reduces ongoing costs by reducing standing charges for electricity supply at the site.

“At bp pulse we’re committed to delivering fast, convenient and seamless charging to our customers. FreeWire’s Boost Charger can be an exciting addition to our EV charging solutions, allowing us to expand our network faster, and in more locations than previously possible,” said Ross Mabon, Chief Operating Officer of bp pulse.

“In creating a truly nationwide ultra-fast charging network, this technology will help us to provide coverage in areas where securing new, larger grid connections would make installing such infrastructure more challenging. We’re delighted to have made this initial agreement and look forward to progressing to a full contract.”

The UK has set a target of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and the government has announced recently that it will be ending the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles in 2030, driving increased EV adoption.

"We're thrilled to be working with and supporting bp pulse in its ambitious plans to deploy widespread ultra-fast charging infrastructure across the UK,” said FreeWire CEO Arcady

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