Four-hundred Ultracharge 150 units will be installed on BP forecourts by 2021, giving 100 miles of range in 10 minutes
7 June 2019

BP Chargemaster, the UK’s largest electric car charge point provider, will install 400 points capable of ultra-fast 150kW charging by 2021 – including 100 at 50 sites by the end of 2019.

Unveiled today at Silverstone, the new Ultracharge 150 is the first such unit to be built in the UK, and will allow electric vehicles to charge at their maximum rated speed.

It is claimed the charger will deliver around 100 miles of range in 10 minutes, which approaches the 75 miles per five minutes offered by Tesla's third-generation Supercharger, revealed in March. The Californian maker's new unit is capable of splitting 1MW of power between four cars, for a 250kW charging rate per car. 

The new Ultracharger 150 features both CCS and Chademo connectors, making it compatible with the majority of EVs on UK roads. Customers can either subscribe to the service for regular use, or pay by the hour. 

Speaking at a BP Chargemaster conference, Tufan Erginbilgic – CEO of BP’s product and service-led arm, Downstream – said the roll-out of 150kW chargers on its petrol station forecourts would begin in July. The chargers will be part of the Polar network, which is made up of more than 6500 public charging points across the UK.

The roll-out will help future-proof the UK’s charging network, as currently very few EVs are capable of charging at 150kW. Audi’s E-tron is one that is, and its 95kWh battery can be charged to 80% in around 30 minutes. 

The current network of ‘rapid’ chargers are mostly capable of a 50kW charge rate, while Tesla’s current Superchargers are capable of charging at up to 120kW. 

Companies such as Pod Point, Fastned and Ionity all claim to be rolling out chargers capable of supplying power at 150kW and above, but there’s currently only a handful that are operational in the UK. BP Chargemaster’s announcement is the biggest commitment so far as a result. 

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The development of the UK’s charging infrastructure is seen as one of the most crucial factors to enable the UK to meet climate change targets, including its promise to end the sale of conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040. 

In 2018, London-based Pod Point announced it would be installing the UK's first 150kW chargers, claiming that its intelligent smart-charging technology would be able to cope with high levels of demand without placing too much strain on the electricity supply. So far, however, it appears that Pod Point is yet to install and open one of these chargers.

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8 May 2019

So it can share a million watts between just 4 cars in california, what happened to the 350KW/h chargers? more pie-in-the-sky nonsense to fool the potential punter. It will just power blast the battery and will likely shorten it's life a small bit but who really cares. This fast charging business will only really work where the supply voltage is in the kilovolts (KV) otherwise the current required will be "epic" and so will the heat so don't expect this "round your gaff" anytime soon.

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8 May 2019

Nope.....still not doing it for me

9 May 2019

350KW/h chargers are on their way.  Nothing happens overnight, it took them decades to get petrol stations all over the place.  And you don't need a supercharger at home, just somehting to charge overnight at cheap rates.

www.drivingelectric.com/news/1039/fastned-opens-first-350kw-rapid-charger-uk

9 May 2019
Rtfazeberdee wrote:

350KW/h chargers are on their way.  Nothing happens overnight, it took them decades to get petrol stations all over the place.  And you don't need a supercharger at home, just somehting to charge overnight at cheap rates.

www.drivingelectric.com/news/1039/fastned-opens-first-350kw-rapid-charger-uk

Ionty plus others have been installing 350Kwh capable chargers since 2018 in Europe.  But because of high charging prices most people will still use their home electricity for the first 150 miles, with maybe 4 minute top-ups at 300Khw rate just to get them home in unforeseen circumstances 

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

8 May 2019

Moving to electric cars will help ease our environment problems a bit and thats a good thing, but its not going to help that much, what we need to focus on if we want to REALLY stop climate change is drastically reducing our consumption of meat, something 90% of people wouldnt ever consider, which means that ourselves and the rest of life on the planet is f*cked. Still at least the meat eaters enjoyed eating their meat, thats the most important thing, after all.

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11 June 2019
typos1 wrote:

Moving to electric cars will help ease our environment problems a bit and thats a good thing, but its not going to help that much, what we need to focus on if we want to REALLY stop climate change is drastically reducing our consumption of meat, something 90% of people wouldnt ever consider, which means that ourselves and the rest of life on the planet is f*cked. Still at least the meat eaters enjoyed eating their meat, thats the most important thing, after all.

Your post makes me want a nice greasy bacon and sausage sandwich and a drive in a supercharged V8 - thanks.. 

However until the world is completely reliant on renewable energy ( no time soon) the rise in electrical consumption and mining rare minerals for EVs will add to our environmental problems, still at least veggies can continue to speak bollocks. Oh and why do veggies insist on having things that look like meat, taste similar to meat, but are not meat, if you want to eat veg at least make it look and taste like veg. 

8 May 2019

Who wants to sit and charge on a petrol station forecourt?!

8 May 2019

I might not like it, but I'll sit anywhere to recharge. 

8 May 2019

...and not with electricity!  I have boycotted BP stations for years as they always charge more.  Even when there is a rival petrol station on the other side of the road BP have the gall and effrontery to charge higher prices.  The saddest thing is, they still do the business!  If fuel were priced in pounds per gallon everyone would perhaps realise how much BP's prices are a rip-off.  it will be interesting to see how they price electricity.

7 June 2019
streaky wrote:

...and not with electricity!  I have boycotted BP stations for years as they always charge more.  Even when there is a rival petrol station on the other side of the road BP have the gall and effrontery to charge higher prices.  The saddest thing is, they still do the business!  If fuel were priced in pounds per gallon everyone would perhaps realise how much BP's prices are a rip-off.  it will be interesting to see how they price electricity.

Er, doesn't BP franchise its petrol stations and so the local owner set the price? 

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