BP have stepped up their commitment to the future of electric vehicles, with the acquisition of the UK’s largest electric vehicle charging company, Chargemaster.
Chargemaster currently operates over 6,500 public charging points across the country, as well as designing, building and selling EV charging units for home charging.
With the purchase of Chargemaster, the oil giant will begin to install ultra-fast chargers in its 1,200 petrol stations across the country in the near future.
Speaking about the purchase, Tufan Erginbilgic, head of BP downstream, said: “At BP we believe that fast and convenient charging is critical to support the successful adoption of electric vehicles.”
“Combining BP’s and Chargemaster’s complementary expertise, experience and assets is an important step towards offering fast and ultra-fast charging at BP sites across the UK and to BP becoming the leading provider of energy to low carbon vehicles, on the road or at home.”
In the statement put out by BP, they predict that by 2040, there will be 12 million EVs on UK roads, up from around 135,000 in 2017.
This move goes to show that the big oil companies are no longer ignoring how the future looks when it comes to electric transportation.