Addison Lee has signed an agreement with charge point operator BP Pulse that will give drivers of electric vehicles access to 3,000 ultra-fast and rapid charge points.
The move is expected to help the London private hire, courier, and black taxi provider, to accelerate its fleet electrification programme. Addison Lee already has 450 Volkswagen ID.4s operating across London, and it has pledged to have more than 1,000 in service by the end of 2023.
The agreement includes access for Addison Lee drivers to BP Pulse’s EV Fleet charging hubs on Park Lane and at Gatwick airport. The Park Lane hub has 22 50kW rapid charge points, providing fast, reliable charging in a convenient location for private hire drivers.
The Gatwick hub has 6 ultra-fast charge points (150kW) and 8 50kW rapid charge points, serving airport users, taxi drivers, local businesses with electric vehicle fleets, and local residents.
BP Pulse UK CEO Akira Kirton said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Addison Lee in its transition to an all-electric fleet. Relationships like this, together with our plans to open several more fleet charging hubs across the City and Greater London, will facilitate more electric journeys and help accelerate the electric transformation of fleets.”
Addison Lee CEO Liam Griffin said: “Access to charging infrastructure continues to be the number one challenge for drivers switching to electric vehicles. Signing up with BP Pulse provides Addison Lee partner drivers with access to its expanding charging network in London, allowing us to continue leading in the transition to zero tailpipe emissions vehicles.”
Last month Addison Lee also reported that it completed its four millionth EV mile, which has removed 1,000,000kg of CO2 from the city’s streets.
BP pulse is expanding its global network of high-speed charging for cars, light commercial vehicles, and trucks, with a global ambition of more than 100,000 charge points by 2030, with approximately 90% of those rapid or ultra-fast. In the UK, the company has announced plans to invest up to £1 billion into the country’s EV charging infrastructure.