UK’s first fleet rapid charging hub opens

The UK’s first rapid charging hub for fleet vehicles has been opened on Park Lane in Central London.

The charging hubs, owned by BP, have been built in anticipation of London’s taxis and private hire vehicles will account for 80 per cent of all public charging demand in the city by 2025.

As part of its strategic relationship with BP, Uber is the first fleet customer to get access to the new hubs, with dedicated charge points for Uber partner-drivers.

Jamie Heywood, Uber regional general manager, Northern and Eastern Europe said: “At Uber, we have been doing everything we can to encourage drivers to switch to electric vehicles, including launching Uber Green to make zero-emissions transport a reality. We know that one of the greatest barriers to electrification is the lack of rapid charging points in the right places that are convenient for drivers – BP’s fantastic new hub is a great step forward in making sure their needs will be met.”

The Park Lane hub has ten rapid 50kW chargers, with a further 12 chargers being added in the coming months. A second site is already under construction in the Westminster area. The new rapid charging hubs will deliver charging in locations where fleet and operational vehicles need it and at scale, with a target of at least ten chargers per site. Additional facilities may be provided at each location, including toilets, WiFi and refreshments.

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