Addison Lee signs EV charging agreement with BP Pulse

Addison Lee will have enhanced access to more than 3,000 ultra-fast and rapid chargers after teaming up with BP Pulse.

The agreement includes giving the London private hire, courier and black taxi provider access to BP Pulse’s EV Fleet Charging Hubs on Park Lane and at Gatwick airport.

The Park Lane hub has 22 rapid charge points (50kW), while the Gatwick hub has six ultra-fast charge points (150kW) and eight rapid charge points (50kW).

Liam Griffin, CEO of Addison Lee, said: ““Access to charging infrastructure continues to be the number one challenge for drivers switching to electric vehicles.

“Signing up with bp pulse provides Addison Lee partner drivers with access to its expanding charging network in London – allowing us to continue leading in the transition to zero tail-pipe emissions vehicles.

“As they expand their charging infrastructure, we look forward to collaborating further with BP Pulse and finding more solutions for the capital.”

Akira Kirton, CEO of BP Pulse UK, added: “We’re delighted to be supporting Addison Lee in its transition to an all-electric fleet.

“Relationships like this, together with our plans to open several more fleet charging hubs across the City and Greater London, will facilitate more electric journeys and help accelerate the electric transformation of fleets.”

With a commitment to having a fully electric fleet by 2023, Addison Lee already has 450 Volkswagen ID4s operating across London with an aim to grow this fleet to 1,000 by the ends of the year.

Last month, the company also reported it had completed its four millionth EV mile removing one million kg from the city’s air.

Data from the introduction of the first Addison Lee EVs found key issues with the London charging infrastructure.

Its data revealed “insufficiency, inefficiency and inconsistency” in the capital’s public charging network.

BP Pulse is expanding its global network of high-speed charging for cars, light commercial vehicles and trucks, with a global ambition of more than 100,000 charge points by 2030, with approximately 90% of those rapid or ultra-fast.

In the UK, the company has announced plans to invest up to £1 billion into the country’s EV charging infrastructure.

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