Energy giant bp has opened its first ultra-fast charging facilities for medium and heavy-duty electric trucks in Germany.
Operated by its Aral brand, the retail site at Schwegenheim in Rheinland-Pfalz on the major B9 road has two 300kW chargers powered by 100% renewable energy.
Statistics suggest around 1,000 battery electric trucks were sold in Germany in 2021, with the number in Europe expected to reach more than 150,000 units by 2030, with Germany expected to account for 43% of the share.
bp worked closely with Daimler Truck to ensure the needs and requirements of fleet operators are met.
The latest chargers add to Aral pulse’s growing network in Germany, which currently has more than 850 ultra-fast charging points for cars and lighter commercial vehicles.
Emma Delaney, Executive Vice President, Customers & Products, bp said: “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.”