Oil giant bp activates first EV chargers for Electric Trucks in Germany

July 28, 2022
Powered by 100% renewable energy, the EV chargers can power up electric trucks capable of charging at 300 kw during a driver’s mandatory 45-minute break, thereby increasing their range by around 150-200 kilometers

Global oil and gas company bp has opened its first ultra-fast-charging points for medium and heavy-duty electric trucks in Germany as part of its efforts to decarbonize the trucking sector.

bp has deployed two state-of-the-art 300-kw ultra-fast chargers at its Aral brand-operated Schwegenheim filling station on the major B9 road in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.

Powered by 100% renewable energy, the EV chargers can power up electric trucks capable of charging at 300 kw during a driver’s mandatory 45-minute break, thereby increasing their range by around 150-200 kilometers. 

Commercial vehicle manufacturer Daimler Truck has worked with bp on making informed decisions over the required layout and charging speeds of the charging point that would ensure a seamless and comfortable charging experience for the truck drivers. 

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“With the transition to electric vehicles well underway in Europe, we’re now seeing the move towards electric trucks,” Emma Delaney, Executive Vice President, customers & products at bp, said in a statement. “Truck manufacturers and truck fleet operators are demanding low carbon alternative fuels and electrification is an attractive option. Opening our first truck charging facilities at Schwegenheim is an important milestone for bp and the industry.”

According to the International Energy Agency, tailpipe CO2 emissions have increased 2.2% annually on an average since 2000. Adoption of electric trucks could accelerate the decarbonization of the trucking sector and help it become more sustainable. 

Oil and gas firm BP last year also signed a memorandum of understanding with Daimler Truck AG to develop hydrogen infrastructure and hydrogen-powered fuel-cell trucks in the UK, facilitating the decarbonization of freight transport. BP will evaluate the feasibility of designing, building, operating and supplying 25 hydrogen refueling stations by 2030.