BP to install 200 rapid EV chargers at pubs and restaurants

200 new BP Chargemaster rapid chargers

BP Chargemaster has announced it will install up to 200 rapid chargers at pubs and restaurants across the UK. Around 50 will be added by October 2019 at venues run by the Mitchells and Butlers chain.

“After a successful trial at a number of our businesses we’re very excited to roll out BP Chargemaster electric vehicle rapid charging points across wide areas of our estate,” said Richard Turner of Mitchells & Butlers.

“We recognise the importance of providing somewhere for EV users to charge their cars, whilst also giving them the opportunity to stop off for a coffee, or even a bite to eat, which is how our pubs and restaurants will play a vital part.”

Dinner, a drink and fast car charging

The Ultracharge 50kW rapid chargers are backed by the Polar network, which uses 100 percent renewable electricity.

Both subscription or pay-per-use services are available. The charging speed for a car such as a Tesla Model 3 will add around 200 miles of range in an hour.

200 new BP Chargemaster rapid chargers

The installations will be join a network of more than 450 rapid chargers and 7,000 charging points BP Chargemaster runs across the UK. It’s the largest public charging network in the country.

“We are very proud to be working with Mitchells & Butlers, which has many of the best-loved restaurant and pub brands in the UK,” said David Newton of BP Chargemaster.

“These new 50kW rapid chargers will making driving an EV across the country even easier, providing a great opportunity for drivers to enjoy a break on a long journey. At this stage in the market, we are seeing electric vehicle drivers actively seek out locations that offer convenient charging, so we also expect to deliver additional footfall to sites that host our rapid chargers.”