DHL Supply Chain Boosts bp pulse's EV Charging Network

DHL Supply Chain secures a pivotal role in advancing bp pulse's ambitious goals for expanding its electric EV charging network with a newly inked contract

DHL Supply Chain has secured a pivotal role with bp pulse, the electric vehicle (EV) charging business of bp, through a newly inked warehousing and transport contract. It is renowned for its status as one of the foremost rapid and ultra-fast public EV charging networks in the UK.

Ramping up EV charging access

Inadequate charging infrastructure is a primary deterrent to the widespread adoption of EVs. Regrettably, this shortfall has hampered EV manufacturers' and suppliers' market growth. However, by proactively ensuring the storage and delivery of charging equipment, bp pulse aims to expand its public EV charging network to more than 100,000 points by 2030, thereby facilitating greater accessibility to EV charging across regions.

Streamline implementation

Under this fresh agreement, DHL assumes responsibility for storing EV chargers and associated equipment, encompassing critical components, substations and wiring at its Ryton warehouse. As a national logistics hub for bp pulse, the Ryton facility will dispatch equipment to locations nationwide, complemented by a secondary site in Belfast catering to Northern Ireland. Consolidating EV assets across these two sites will enable DHL to enhance operational efficiency for bp pulse.

Harnessing digital solutions like telematics, DHL will offer real-time tracking and monitoring of deliveries while facilitating seamless coordination with key stakeholders such as electrical suppliers, councils, and franchises to ensure swift and efficient charger installations.

Paul Mason, Vice President of Operations, Manufacturing Logistics, DHL Supply Chain UK

"bp pulse is driving the expansion of charging infrastructure, and our specialised logistics service combined with our expansive network equips us with both the expertise and capacity to bolster its EV network roll-out. With robust training, safety protocols, and digital systems, we are dedicated to delivering a dependable service to bp pulse, optimising its operations." DHL UK Supply Chain's Vice President of Operations Paul Mason said, expressing confidence in the partnership.

Safety and compliance

DHL has implemented rigorous training and compliance measures to ensure the safe handling, storage and transportation of EV chargers, aligning with bp pulse's safety policies. This includes strict adherence to independent auditing standards outlined by ISNetworld. Moreover, DHL drivers have attained ADR qualifications, authorising them to handle specific EV chargers classified as dangerous goods. Two-person delivery protocols are also enforced across DHL's bp pulse operation, guaranteeing adherence to specialised lifting and handling training for EV equipment at all times.

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