bp pulse delivers its first Gigahub EV charging facilities

As one of many, bp pulse’s UK VP Akira Kirton talks of greater plans for electric vehicle charging Gigahubs across the country to decarbonise travel

Responding to the call for more electric vehicle (EV) charging stations is one of the more pressing actions to be taken by organisations in the energy sector. There are a number of services that electric car users rely on and all of them push to deliver solutions for a variety of applications from the home to the forecourt. 

With that said, we’ve seen some amazing new projects reaching operational phases and sustainably-sourced energy at the core of them. This is why bp pulse is stepping things up a gear with its Gigahub™ in Birmingham, UK. 

The facility opening up allows a major exhibition venue, the NEC, to deliver more opportunities to customers and visitors to the site and marks a major milestone in delivering EV charging on much larger scales. 

“The transition to electric vehicles is evolving at pace which is why bp pulse is focussed on accelerating the development of the UK’s EV infrastructure, delivering the right charging speeds, in the right locations and investing up to £1 billion to do so,” says Akira Kirton, Vice President of bp pulse UK

“This new, nationally significant bp pulse Gigahub™ at the heart of the UK’s road network, is another great example of our strategy in action.

A new era of EV charging and infrastructure 

This is a pivotal moment for the organisation, not only because it has delivered a significant charging hub to a well-attended venue, but also showcases what is yet to come throughout the 2020s. Such charging hubs across the country would play a crucial role; encouraging confidence in electrification. 

“We plan to roll out hundreds of hubs this decade in places EV drivers need them - urban areas, on trunk roads and motorways and at destinations such as restaurants, retail parks and hotels.”

One of the key investors in the NEC is Blackstone, which put a considerable amount of resources into the venue. Firmly backing the industry’s shift to all-electric, the company’s Senior Managing Director Alexander Walsh says: 

“The opening of the UK’s largest EV charging hub at the NEC is a significant step forward as more drivers across the UK move to electric vehicles, with sites like this playing an important role in supporting the UK’s energy transition. 

“Blackstone has been invested in the NEC since 2018, and this development demonstrates the positive impact private investment can have in driving innovation and creating green jobs, and we’re proud to be backing the industries of the future in the West Midlands and beyond that are helping build a more sustainable future.”


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