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BP opens electric truck charging facility and unveils new EV infrastructure and green hydrogen production plans


Man standing by large truck, plugging in electric charger Photo: Aral
BP has opened its first charging station for electric trucks, in Germany, operating under the company’s Aral brand

Photo: Aral

BP has opened its first ultra-fast-charging facility aimed at medium- and heavy-duty electric trucks to support the decarbonisation of the road transport sector.

Operated by BP’s Aral brand, the retail site at Schwegenheim in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, now has two 300 KW ultra-fast chargers intended for electric trucks, powered by 100% renewable energy. Situated on the major B9 road, the Schwegenheim site provides truck drivers with a convenient, safe, well-lit station where an electric truck capable of charging at 300 KW could increase its remaining range by around 150–200 km during a driver’s mandatory 45-minute break.


In 2021, around 1,000 battery electric trucks were sold in Germany. In Europe that number is expected to reach over 150,000 units by 2030, with the highest penetration in Germany at 43%.


Daimler Truck, also based in Germany, worked closely with BP to provide insights into the required layout, charging speeds and convenience offers to provide truck drivers with the accessibility they need and a comfortable charging experience, the company says.


Further expansion of infrastructure
In other news, BP and Iberdrola are to collaborate on expanding fast EV public charging infrastructure, as well as developing large-scale green hydrogen production hubs in Spain, Portugal and the UK.


The companies plan to form a joint venture that will invest up to €1bn to roll-out a network of 11,000 rapid and ultra-fast EV public charge points across Spain and Portugal, significantly expanding access to charging for consumer and fleet customers.


The plan includes installing and operating an initial 5,000 fast charge points by 2025, and up to a total of 11,000 by 2030, including BP and Iberdrola’s existing and future fast charging hubs. The companies are also looking at options to jointly serve EV customers in the UK.


BP and Iberdrola also plan to form a joint venture for large-scale integrated green hydrogen production in Spain, Portugal and the UK as well as production of derivatives such as green ammonia and methanol that can be potentially exported into Northern Europe. The plan is to jointly develop hydrogen production hubs with a total capacity of up to 600,000 t/y, integrated with new renewable power.


The companies aim to finalise both joint venture agreements by end-2022, subject to regulatory approvals.