BP Pulse is launching Europe’s first public electric charging corridor for trucks. Eight dedicated e-truck charging stations are located at key sites along the Rhine-Alpine corridor, one of Europe’s busiest road freight routes.
The corridor connects key North Sea ports in Belgium and the Netherlands with the Mediterranean port of Genoa, Italy, connecting through a network of roads stretching a total of 1,300km.
Fast electric charging
The new chargers have been installed on Aral retail sites in Germany between the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan area and the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region. Aral is BP’s German retail brand. In the next six months, two additional locations are scheduled to open on Aral retail sites to complete the new charging corridor.
Once complete, an e-truck will be able to cover more than 600km across Germany along one of European’s major road transport routes.
BP claims the 300kw charging stations to be each capable of charging more than 20 e-trucks, per charger each day. An e-truck’s range can reach up to 200km in around 45 minutes using the ultra-fast charge points.
The Aral retail sites offer access to hot food, restrooms and showers for drivers to use during a mandatory rest period in addition to dedicated charging in safe, well-lit and convenient locations.
“This is a significant moment for e-trucks in Europe and an important step in our journey towards helping to decarbonise truck transportation,” said Nigel Head, electric vehicle (EV) truck director Europe, BP Pulse, energy company BP’s electric vehicle (EV) charging business.
“By electrifying this stretch of the Rhine-Alpine corridor with ultra-fast charging, BP is enabling EV Truck charging beyond ‘back to base’ whilst rapidly learning customer insights which will directly inform our longer-term European network and proposition.”
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