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Volkswagen Group and bp: strategic partnership to roll-out EV fast charging in Europe

Volkswagen Group and bp launched their strategic partnership that has the purpose of boosting the adoption of EV´s. Their goal is set in Europe, and they are planning to do so by unveiling the first charger in Dusseldorf, Germany. 

The important aspects of the partnership

These two companies have shown to be leading global players in e-mobility. They bought aims to transform access to EV charging in key European markets. They meant to do so by rapidly building a fast-charging network across the continent. According to their plans, this accomplishment’s due date is by 2024 to deliver a seamless experience for EV drivers. 

In the first face of the roll-out, the public will see up to 4,000 charge points at bp´s Aral retail sites in Germany and the UK. By 2024 there will be available up to 8,000 charge points across Germany, the UK, and other European countries. These plans are due in the next 24 months. 

So we could resume the whole partnership with their five most important goals, which are:

  1. Rapid roll-out of EV fast chargers across Europe
  2. Flexible battery-based chargers installation is rapidly, as they do not require high-power grid connections.
  3. The first charging unit is now live and open to the public in Dusseldorf, Germany, with up to 4,000 charge points planned within 24 months in Germany and the UK.
  4. bp’s growing charging network will be integrated into Volkswagen, Skoda, and Seat/Cupra in-car dashboards, ensuring drivers can find their nearest charger seamlessly.
  5. The partnership aims for up to 8,000 new charge points across Germany, the UK, and other European countries by the end of 2024.

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They Will use Volkswagen´s innovative Flexpole 150kW charging units. These have several advantages, like their two charge points. Also, an integrated battery storage system fulfilling the need for high-powered grid connections. The Flexpole unit connection is to a low voltage grid to eliminate the need for a dedicated substation. This will provide up to 150kW translated into 160km of driving. The energy can be charged in as little as 10 minutes, depending on the vehicle. 

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