BP Pulse to build recharging hub network
BP Pulse has announced that it will open a network of recharging hubs near “high traffic” locations including motorways, with the first one operational later this year.
Although the company is yet to reveal details of locations, the first to open will be alongside a UK motorway, and feature 24 charge points with charging speeds of up to 300kW, as well as food, drink and other facilities for drivers while they wait for their vehicles to charge.
“We are building a charging network that will give consumers the confidence to make the switch to EVs, knowing they can get the charge they need in the right places,” said Matteo de Renzi, BP Pulse CEO. “We’re taking another step forward in our commitment to make ultra-fast charging widely accessible across the UK, including in easy reach of the motorway network. These new hubs will complement BP Pulse’s existing plans to expand the number of ultra-fast chargers on BP’s forecourts and it’s exciting to be launching this new additional option for drivers.”
Tesla hits European supercharger milestone
Tesla has passed the 6,000 mark for the number of its Superchargers installed across Europe, and is now sitting at 6,039 across 601 locations in 27 countries. The UK figures are 624 Superchargers in 73 locations.
The three largest charging sites are in Norway, in Nebbenes (44 chargers), Rygge (42) and Liertoppen (40), which is joint third with the 40-charger site in Oberhonnefeld in Germany.
Self-driving cars safety warning
The way in which self-driving cars communicate with their operators when transferring control back to the driver should be urgently investigated before automated technology is introduced to the UK, according to academics from the University of Leeds’ School of Law. “The main safety messages surround the extreme difficulty most drivers will encounter when an AV suddenly transfers the driving back to them,” said Dr Subhajit Basu. “Even if a driver responds quickly, they may not regain enough situational awareness to avoid an accident. The general public is not aware of their vulnerability, and it is doubted that an interface in an automated vehicle will communicate this point with sufficient clarity.”
The Leeds University team produced a study that argued digital interfaces may be “unable to adequetly communicate safety and legal information, which could result in accidents”, resulting in “intense scrutiny” of the terms and conditions presented to drivers via an interface.