- Oil giant BP announced a $100 million deal to purchase Superchargers from Tesla.
- The rollout will begin in 2024.
Oil and gas giant BP's charging division, BP Pulse, has announced a deal with Tesla. As part of the $100 million agreement, the company will purchase ultra-fast charging devices from Tesla. BP is committed to expanding its public charging network across the United States. The introduction of Tesla chargers into the company's network marks the first time equipment has been purchased for an independent electric vehicle charging network.
The introduction of the Tesla Supercharger is planned to begin in 2024. It will include key sites across the BP family of brands, including TravelCenters of America, Thorntons, ampm; and Amoco, as well as at BP Pulse’s large-scale Gigahub™ charging sites in major metropolitan areas and at third-party locations, such as Hertz locations, as part of previously announced collaborations. The first installation sites have been identified in Houston, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Chicago; and Washington D.C. Tesla chargers will also be installed at some customer stations in the BP Pulse fleet.
“Strengthening the bp pulse network with Tesla's industry-leading hardware is a major step forward in our ambitions for high speed, open access charging infrastructure in the US and advances our ambition to delivering an exceptional customer experience,” said Richard Bartlett, global CEO of BP Pulse. “Combined with our vast network of convenience and mobility sites on and off the highway, this collaboration with Tesla will bring fast and reliable charging to EV drivers when and where they need it.”
Tesla's 250kW fast chargers will be branded, installed and operated by BP Pulse. The chargers will feature a Tesla Magic Dock that is compatible with both North American Charging Standard (NACS) and Combined Charging System (CCS) connectors. This will allow electric vehicles from other car manufacturers to use Tesla chargers on the BP Pulse network, regardless of whether they use CCS or NACS ports. Tesla chargers will support the use of the Plug and Charge protocol, which simplifies and automates payments.
Rebecca Tinucci, Tesla's Senior Director of Charging Infrastructure said: “At Tesla, we’re driven to enable great charging experiences for all EV owners. Selling our fast-charging hardware is a new step for us, and one we’re looking to expand in support of our mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. We appreciate bp’s partnership in this area – it’s the right step towards a more sustainable future.”
“This is another example of how bp pulse is collaborating with leaders across the industry, in areas including real estate, charging technology and automakers, to advance EV infrastructure growth across the US, and to deliver the fast and reliable charging experience we know our customers demand.” Said Sujay Sharma, CEO BP Pulse Americas. “We remain open and committed to expanding alliances with EV industry leaders even further and we look forward to welcoming the growing number of EV drivers across the country to our network.”
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