bp opens its first electric truck charging site in Germany
The charging point has been developed alongside Daimler Truck and opened at Aral's retail station located in Schwegenheim.(C) bp
bp has opened its first ultra-fast-charging facilities aimed at medium and heavy-duty electric trucks to support the decarbonisation of the sector. The installation, developed in cooperation with Daimler Truck, is operated by its Aral brand in Germany, located at its site in Schwegenheim, Rheinland-Pfalz. The country now has two 300kw ultra-fast chargers built for electric trucks and powered by 100% renewable energy.
Drivers of heavy duty vehicles will be able to recharge at the station during their mandatory 45-minute break to increase its remaining range by around 150-200 km. The station also offers additional services such as food and drink for their journeys. "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 of Customers & Products at bp. "I am pleased that bp and Aral pulse continue to support the electrification of German truck fleets.
Zero tailpipe emission trucks will be crucial if we are to reach our decarbonisation goals and to expand the charging infrastructure across Germany. This project is another milestone for the electrification of mobility in Germany and Europe", added Kurt-Christoph von Knobelsdorff, CEO & Spokesman of NOW GmbH, National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology. According to a recent report by the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA), around 1,000 battery electric trucks were sold in Germany during 2021.
In addition, the latest European Medium-duty and Heavy-duty Electric Trucks Growth Opportunities study revealed that by 2030 Europe is expected to reach over 150,000 battery electric trucks, with Germany as the highest penetration country.
The newly launched site by bp and Aral aims to support this transition into cleaner renewable energies.