BP Pulse and Apcoa Parking Group have signed an agreement to open more than 100 EV fast charging hubs across Europe to help accelerate urban e-mobility infrastructure.
Under the strategic pan-European agreement, BP Pulse plans to install ultra-fast charging at Apcoa car parks – so-called “Urban Hubs” – in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and the UK over the next three years.
The two companies aim to work together to provide a convenient customer journey through digital integration of the BP Pulse and Apcoa Connect app in the UK and Apcoa Flow app in Europe.
Registered users will be able to locate, access, book and pay for their charging and parking at the car park from their mobile, and the car park’s entry and exit barriers will open automatically as the vehicle approaches.
The project is part of Apcoa’s plans to transform its car parks into Urban Hubs which will provide physical and digital infrastructure for mobility, logistics, e-charging and technology based services.
Two Urban Hubs in Berlin and Bremen in Germany are expected to open in the third quarter of 2023 and will be the first locations to offer ultra-fast charging which can charge a minimum of six cars, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will be operated by Aral pulse, BP’s German brand.
Some of the hubs will also offer a “driver lounge” including a vending offer of hot and cold drinks, seating areas with phone charging points, free wifi and restrooms available.
“This agreement will help us to build our EV charging network across Europe by offering customers the fastest and most convenient EV hub charging experience,” said Stefan von Dobschuetz, general manager Europe, BP Pulse.
“By working with Apcoa, we’re bringing the future of parking, charging and services for urban life in one place.”
City centre parking
The companies reckon the Urban Hubs will offer a solution to EV charging in well-lit city centre parking where available land is often scarce.
“Working with BP Pulse is another step to achieve our plan to deploy 1,000 fast-charging stations through commercial partners in Apcoa’s car parks,” added Philippe Op de Beeck, CEO, Apcoa.
“Doing so, we are providing customers added services in our locations and make a relevant contribution to the transformation of individual mobility.”