BP Buys 6,500 Electric Car Charging Points

By Gary Cutlack on at

Some people within petrochemical giant BP are looking to a time when they stop selling drilled out oil for a living and shift electricity at the forecourts instead, as it's paid an unspecified amount of money to buy UK electric car charging network Chargemaster.

Chargemaster and its POLAR chargers make up the biggest charging network in the UK, with around 6,500 EV chargers of varying output ratings installed around the country. BP will be buying at least 6,500 new stickers to put on them too, as it's renaming all the chargers to BP Chargemaster points, just in case you're one of those weird people who has an allegiance to a specific fuel supplier and want that to continue as you transition to all-electric.

Chargemaster has said there are no plans to change current prices for plugging in your rolling battery, with BP promising to put BP Chargemaster units on existing petrol forecourts within the next year and to advance the launch of 150kW rapid chargers.

Chargemaster's David Martell is justifiably happy about the massive cash-out, saying: "I am truly excited to lead the Chargemaster team into a new era backed by the strength and scale of BP, which will help us maintain our market-leading position and grow the national POLAR charging network to support the large range of exciting new electric vehicles that are coming to market in the next couple of years." [BP via BBC]