BP Buys Tesla Fast Charging Hardware For Its U.S. BP Pulse Network

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BP is making a big move in the electric vehicle (EV) charging game, joining forces with Tesla in a groundbreaking $100 million deal. The agreement marks the first-ever purchase of Tesla’s ultra-fast chargers for an independent charging network. Tesla’s Senior Director of Charging Infrastructure, Rebecca Tinucci, expressed enthusiasm about this partnership, emphasizing Tesla’s commitment to enhancing charging experiences for all EV owners.

The collaboration involves integrating Tesla’s high-speed chargers into BP’s Pulse network, which was initially geared towards the European market but is now set to expand extensively across the U.S. This expansion includes public fast charging stations and deployment of chargers at private depots for electric fleet customers.

The rollout is scheduled to kick off in 2024, featuring the V4 Tesla Supercharging type branded by BP Pulse. BP plans to take charge of installing and operating Tesla’s charging hardware, utilizing its in-house intelligent charge management software, Omega. This software will oversee the entire charging process for EV fleets, presenting a comprehensive solution for fleet customers.

The Tesla chargers, boasting a powerful 250-kilowatt output, are designed to be compatible with both the North American Charging Standard (NACS) and the Combined Charging System (CCS1). Notably, they come equipped with Tesla’s Magic Dock integrated CCS1-adapter. This move is part of Tesla’s mission to facilitate the world’s transition to sustainable energy, and the chargers will support the use of the Plug and Charge protocol, streamlining payments for users.

BP Pulse has identified strategic installation sites in major cities like Houston, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington D.C. These chargers will be strategically placed across various BP brands, including TravelCenters of America, Thorntons, ampm, and Amoco, as well as at Gigahub charging sites in metropolitan areas and third-party locations like Hertz.

This initiative aligns with BP’s ambitious plan, announced in February 2023, to invest $1 billion in America’s EV charging infrastructure by 2030, with $500 million earmarked for the next two to three years. Currently boasting over 27,000 charging points globally, BP Pulse aims to expand this number to over 100,000 by 2030. The move underscores a commitment to fostering sustainable energy solutions and contributing to the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.

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