BP inaugurates UK’s largest public rapid charging hub

Posted On March 19th, 2019 - 4:53 pm | by Oil and gas press

The country’s largest universal rapid charging hub for electric vehicles has been inaugurated by Milton Keynes council and BP Chargemaster, which is operating the hub on Polar, the largest public charging network in the UK. The hub is located within a minute’s drive of the M1, just off junction 14 at Milton Keynes Coachway.

Milton Keynes council, with its contractors Ringway, designed and constructed the hub as part of its Go Ultra Low city programme. Funding for the project came from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), as part of a £9m investment package to support the growth of electric vehicles in Milton Keynes.

Credit: BP

The site, with eight 50kW rapid chargers supporting all standards of EV rapid charging, has already been used to charge more than 500 electric vehicles since it went live, and the inauguration event saw eight modern electric cars using the hub, including a BMW i3s, Hyundai Kona Electric, Jaguar I-PACE, Kia Soul EV, Nissan LEAF, Renault ZOE, Volkswagen e-up! and Volkswagen e-Golf.

The charging hub was officially opened with the cutting of a green ribbon by councillor Martin Petchey, mayor of Milton Keynes, along with Brian Matthews, head of transport innovation at Milton Keynes council, and David Martell, chief executive of BP Chargemaster.

It incorporates three highly visible canopies to help drivers locate the rapid chargers, as well as to shelter them from inclement weather, and provides access to the facilities at the main Coachway building, including a café for drivers to grab a drink and something to eat while they are charging.

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