bp Pulse’s electric vehicle (EV) charging business has launched the UK’s “largest” electric vehicle (EV) charging center at the NEC Birmingham. Developed in collaboration with the EV Network (EVN) and the NEC Group, the center can charge 180 electric vehicles simultaneously. Called “Gigahub”, it has 16x 300KW ultra-fast DC chargers capable of charging 30 electric vehicles at once, as well as 150 7kW charging points.
Located less than a mile from junction six of the M42, the Gigahub is easily accessible by road, making it an ideal charging solution for the area, which has an average of 60 million cars a year. The site aims to accelerate the development of the UK’s electric vehicle infrastructure, with bp Pulse planning to launch hundreds of hubs in urban areas, along major roads and motorways, and in destinations such as restaurants, business parks and hotels.
EVN has invested in the multi-million dollar Gigahub project, designed and developed in collaboration with the NEC Group. The ceremony to open the site was attended by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt MP, who praised the investment as an important step in the rollout of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the country and as a testament to the role of Great Britain. Britain as a leader in green industries.
In addition to this project, bp Pulse has opened Gigahubs in Park Lane, London, Gatwick Airport and Kettering. The company plans to invest up to £1bn in the development of electric vehicle infrastructure in the UK.