British oil giant BP’s EV-charging division Pulse has ordered $100 million worth of Superchagers from Tesla to intall across the US under its own brand-name, including at TravelCenters of America, Amoco and Thorton stations, and EV fleet customers. It’s the first time Tesla fast-charging hardware is sold and deployed by third parties.
The first installations with an output of 250 kW will be done in Houston, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington DC.
NACS and CCS
“The chargers will be fitted with Tesla’s ‘Magic Dock’, which is compatible with both NACS and CCS connectors,” BP states in the press release.
“This enables EVs from other major vehicle manufacturers to use the Tesla chargers on the BP Pulse’s network, regardless of whether they use CCS or NACS ports.”
New step for Tesla
Rebecca Tinucci, Tesla’s Senior Director of Charging Infrastructure said: “At Tesla, we’re driven to enable great charging experiences for all EV owners. Selling our fast-charging hardware is a new step for us, and one we’re looking to expand in support of our mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.”
In February 2023, BP announced plans to invest $1 billion in America’s EV charging infrastructure by 2030 with an aim of investing $500 million in the next two to three years.
Active in Germany with Aral
Pulse, which is one of the largest charging point operators in the UK, is also active in Germany. By 2030, it wants to roll out 20 000 High Power Charging (HPC) points for cars and a network of low-carbon mobility hubs for medium and heavy-duty vehicles. It will do this with Germany’s largest fuel station network, Aral, which has been part of BP since 2002.
Aral currently operates 1 700 HPCs for EVS and PHEVs in Germany. By the end of the year, that should be increased to 3 000. By 2025, the Aral Pulse network should have 5 000 charging points of at least 150 kW to reach 20 000 by 2030.