bp pulse has launched Europe’s first charging corridor for medium and heavy-duty electric trucks along a 600-kilometre route on the Rhine-Alpine corridor in Germany.
This is one of the busiest road freight routes in Europe, connecting North Sea ports in Belgium and the Netherlands with the Mediterranean port of Genoa in Italy.
The energy company has installed six public charging locations on this corridor, equipped with ultra-fast 300kW charge points designed for electric trucks.
The new chargers have been installed at Aral retail sites between the Rhine-Neckar and the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan areas.
In the next six months, two additional locations will also open to complete the charging corridor. An electric truck will then be able to travel over 600 kilometres across Germany.
The 300kW stations can each charge more than 20 electric trucks per charger each day. This provides a truck with up to 200 kilometres in range in around 45 minutes.
“This is a significant moment for E-Trucks in Europe and an important step in our journey towards helping to decarbonise truck transportation. By electrifying this stretch of the Rhine-Alpine corridor with ultra-fast charging, bp is enabling EV Truck charging beyond 'back to base' whilst rapidly learning customer insights which will directly inform our longer-term European network and proposition.
“By beginning the roll-out of a dedicated charging network for freight operators and fleets, with a focus on major logistics corridors, bp is supporting the electrification of medium and heavy-duty vehicles, decarbonising the movement of goods, as well as people.
“Ultra-fast charging in the right locations, combined with depot and destination charging, is critical infrastructure to accelerate the electrification transition, unlocking the economic and environmental benefits of low-carbon commercial road freight and transport.”
bp aims to install more than 100,000 chargers worldwide by 2030, with a focus on ultra-fast charging.
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