JAKARTA (RambuEnergy) – BP Chargemaster and Milton Keynes Council have inaugurated the UK’s largest public rapid charging hub, located within a minute’s drive of the M1, just off junction 14 at Milton Keynes Coachway. BP Chargemaster is operating the hub on Polar, the largest public charging network in the UK.
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.
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 hub 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.
David Martell, chief executive of BP Chargemaster, said that his company is delighted to be operating what is now the UK’s largest universal rapid charging hub. The hub provides a convenient place to charge for drivers travelling within and around Milton Keynes.
The eight UK-made Ultracharge rapid chargers join the 300 Fastcharge and 65 rapid chargers that are already operating in the area.
BP Chargemaster is one of the UK’s leading providers of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and operates Polar, the largest electric vehicle charging network in the UK, with more than 6,500 public charge points. Founded in 2008, the company provides a comprehensive, flexible and practical range of electric vehicle charging solutions. BP Chargemaster supplies public, workplace and home charging units in the UK and has supplied over 50,000 charging points across Europe.
In 2019, BP Chargemaster will begin rolling out 150kW ultra-rapid chargers on BP forecourts in the UK. (*)