Volkswagen and bp join to charge-up Europe

They are looking to install 8,000 charge points on the continent by the end of 2024

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Volkswagen Group and bp have joined forces to boost the rollout of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in Europe.

The first charger will be deployed in Dusseldorf, Germany, with an aim to expand the network across the continent by 2024.

Volkswagen will bring its 150KW charging units that have two charge points to the partnership, with bp providing the sites in which the chargers will be deployed.

The companies claim these charges can provide drivers with a 160km range in just 10 minutes.

By the end of 2024, the partners are aiming to have more than 8,000 charge points installed throughout Germany, the UK and other European countries.

bp CEO Bernard Looney said: “When you bring together one of the world’s leading car makers and one of the world’s leading energy companies – the opportunity is huge. This is a significant step-forward on our journey to accelerate the electrification of transport in Europe.”

Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess added: “The decarbonisation of Europe’s economy requires close collaboration across borders and sectors. We’re pleased to team up with bp to accelerate the roll-out of the fast-charging network across Europe.”