Uber has welcomed the launch of BP Pulse’s new Gatwick Airport fast-charging hub as a “great step” in switching drivers to fully electric vehicles.
The facility is the first and to date only ultra-fast charging hub available in and around London’s second airport. It is the first in a number of major BP Pulse installations planned for 2022, with development already underway on an ultra-fast hub at Heathrow Airport.
Jamie Heywood, Uber regional general manager, northern and eastern Europe, said: “We know from speaking to drivers that one of the greatest barriers to electrification is the lack of rapid charging points in the right places. Airport trips are an important part of many drivers’ earning opportunities, so BP Pulse’s new Gatwick hub is a great step in making sure their electric charging needs will be met.”
The hub, located in Gatwick’s popular Q-Park parking facility, includes three ultra-fast 150kW charging units that can charge an EV to 80% capacity in as little as 10-15 minutes, providing a range of around 100 miles.
Using new hardware, these units will in the future be upgraded to 300kW giving compatible EV vehicles an even faster charge. The site also includes four 50kW chargers, providing convenient charging for airport users, including taxi drivers, local businesses with electric vehicle fleets and local residents.
Enabled by UK Power Networks, the seven chargers allow 10 electric vehicles to charge simultaneously. Akira Kirton, CEO of BP Pulse, said: “We want to bring convenient, fast charging where it is needed most. The opening of this latest hub at the UK’s second busiest airport is another important step in our roll out of ultra-fast charging.”
Adam Bidder, Managing Director of Q-Park UK, said “Q-Park is focusing heavily on our sustainable urban mobility strategy and the bp pulse charging hubs such as this is a vital ingredient.”