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BP koopt groot Britse laadpalenbedrijf, 28 jun 2018 om 10:47

LONDEN (AFN/BLOOMBERG) - Het Britse olie- en gasconcern BP koopt Chargemaster, het grootste laadpalenbedrijf voor elektrische auto's in Groot-Brittannië. Chargemaster heeft een netwerk van 6500 oplaadpunten in het land.

Er werden geen financiële details over de overname gemeld. BP had eerder gezegd jaarlijks ongeveer 500 miljoen dollar te investeren in schone energie. Het concern schat in dat de Britse markt voor elektrische auto's zal groeien naar 12 miljoen voertuigen in 2040, van 135.000 auto's in 2017.

Het in 2008 opgerichte Chargemaster levert ook laadpalen voor gebruik aan huis en voor bedrijven.

BP bets on electric vehicle switch with Chargemaster buy
Ron Bousso

LONDON (Reuters) - BP will buy Britain’s largest electric vehicle charging firm Chargemaster and plans to use its technology to roll out ultra-fast chargers across its 1,200 petrol stations in the country over the next 12 months.

Royal Dutch Shell, Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) and Daimler have all made acquisitions and investments in an effort to tap into rapid growth in electric vehicles, which is being driven by regulation and a move away from fossil fuels.

London-based BP, which did not disclose how much it was buying Chargemaster for, estimates that there will be 12 million electric vehicles (EVs) on Britain’s roads by 2040, up from around 135,000 in 2017.

Electric vehicles are predominantly used in urban areas, but carmakers, battery manufacturers and power providers are looking to extend their usage, including by installing fast chargers on highway networks.

“We believe that fast and convenient charging is critical to support the successful adoption of electric vehicles,” Tufan Erginbilgic, head of BP downstream, said on Wednesday.

Chargemaster already operates more than 6,500 electric vehicle (EV) charging points across Britain and BP said in a statement on Wednesday that the ultra-fast 150 kilowatt chargers will be able to deliver 100 miles of range in just 10 minutes.

In January, BP invested $5 million in FreeWire Technologies which manufactures mobile EV rapid charging systems. A month later it linked up with car makers Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi to develop new battery technology.

Chargemaster would be rebranded BP Chargemaster and operate as a wholly-owned unit, with Chargemaster employees continuing at BP Chargemaster, BP said.
Prospectus IPO Alfen:

"The largest competitor in the UK is Chargemaster, followed by Podpoint. Chargemaster is operating a closed charging system, i.e. only accessible for Chargemaster clients. As the UK market is developing towards the general European protocol of open charging (a ‘roaming’ model through which chargers can be accessed by all users), other players are gradually entering the market, including EVBox."
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