bp opens first ultra-fast charging facilities for electric trucks
bp has opened its first ultra-fast-charging facilities aimed at medium and heavy-duty electric trucks to support the decarbonisation of the sector.
Operated by bp’s Aral brand, the retail site at Schwegenheim in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, now has two state-of-the-art 300 kw ultra-fast chargers intended for electric trucks, powered by 100% renewable energy.
Situated on the major B9 road, the Schwegenheim site provides truck drivers with a convenient, safe, well-lit station where an electric truck capable of charging at 300 kw could increase its remaining range by around 150-200 km during a driver’s mandatory 45-minute break. Truck drivers have access to additional services such as food and drink for their journeys, as well as toilets.
“With the transition to electric vehicles well underway in Europe, we’re now seeing the move towards electric trucks. 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,” said Emma Delaney, executive vice president, customers & products, bp.
“Schwegenheim is a perfect example of what the industry needs – ultra-fast charging with safe charging bays for trucks, close to strategic road networks and a place where drivers can take a break and refresh with food and drinks.”
In 2021, around 1,000 battery electric trucks were sold in Germany. In Europe, that number is expected to reach in excess of 150,000 units by 2030, with the highest penetration in Germany, at 43%.
Daimler Truck, which is based in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany, and one of the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturers, launched their battery-electric Mercedes-Benz eActros for heavy urban distribution in 2021. The truck maker has worked closely with bp to provide insights into the required layout, charging speeds, and convenience offers to provide truck drivers with the accessibility they need and a comfortable charging experience.