BP has agreed to buy EV charging company Chargemaster for £130 million, bringing the 6500 EV charger network - the largest in the UK - under its control.
Chargemaster will change its name to BP Chargemaster and BP will begin installation of Chargemaster points across some of its 1200 forecourts within the next year, with the goal of having Chargemaster facilities at every BP location, although Chargemaster wouldn't disclose within what timeframe. BP’s investment in Chargemaster will continue as the company grows. Originally, Chargemaster planned a stock market flotation, but BP offered the takeover as an alternative.
BP has also announced that BP Chargemaster will install the first 150kW fast chargers — that's 30kW up on Tesla’s current Supercharger system, but 150kW less than the second-generation Supercharger's mooted output and 200kW down on the Europe-wide charge network of Ionity, a collaboration between rival Shell, BMW, Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen Group. Pod Point is currently also working on 150kW chargers for its public network, with the first examples being rolled out imminently.
Chargemaster boss David Martell said the takeover would allow Chargemaster to grow, supported by BP’s resources: “I am truly excited to lead the Chargemaster team into a new era backed by the strength and scale of BP, which will help us maintain our market-leading position and grow the national Polar charging network to support the large range of exciting new electric vehicles that are coming to market in the next couple of years.”
BP predicts that the number of EVs on UK roads will increase 89-fold by the time the Government’s ban on non-hybrid petrol and diesel vehicles comes into force in 2040, with 12 million estimated to be registered between now and that date, compared with 135,000 registered in 2017, and one million predicted by 2022.