BP Chargemaster has installed the first of its 150Kw ultra-fast charging points to appear at BP retail sites.

The new units are the first in a planned rollout of 400 ultra-fast chargers at BP sites across the UK by the end of 2021, with the network “continuing to grow in line with new vehicle models arriving on the market that will be capable of ultra-fast charging”, the firm said.

The first of the points have been installed at BP’s retail site at Cranford near Heathrow airport, west of London and began operating this week.

BP Chargemaster's first 150kW ultra-fast chargers at BP Cranford, near Heathrow (1)

The 150kW chargers are equipped with contactless payment technology, enabling ad hoc customers to use an existing debit or credit card, as well as being accessible via the Polar Instant smartphone app and to members of the Polar Plus subscription service, the firm said, adding they feature both CCS and CHAdeMO connectors.

Tufan Erginbilgic, chief executive of BP’s Downstream business, said: “As the world of mobility evolves, BP is determined to be the fuel provider of choice whether drivers need electric charging or liquid fuels. BP Chargemaster continues to develop and is leading the way for our understanding of how we can best support and succeed in this fast-growing new market.”

He added: “Convenient and reliable ultra-fast charging will be critical in driving the wider adoption of electric vehicles in the UK. The combination of BP Chargemaster’s EV charging expertise, experience and customer base with BP’s retail sites across the UK is now allowing us to develop the UK’s first nationwide network of ultra-fast chargers.”