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VW and BP to deploy up to 8,000 EV chargers

Volkswagen has announced a strategic partnership with BP to expand the latter’s EV charging network across the EU and UK, beginning immediately. The first of 4,000 Volkswagen Flexpole chargers planned for Germany and the UK began service today, and the partnership allows for up to 4,000 more to be installed in other EU countries – all by 2024.

Volkswagen’s global ID. family of EVs continues to grow and so does its year-over-year delivery growth, which more than doubled in 2021 compared to a year prior. This currently includes EVs like the ID.3 and ID.4, as well as the ID.5 GTX. It will soon be joined by the somewhat polarizing electric version of the minibus.

These vehicles are all a part of Volkswagen’s ACCELERATE strategy to further EV adoption and become net-zero climate-neutral throughout the entire company by 2050 at the latest. This strategy includes introducing a new BEV model each year through 2026 as well as investments in other EV-adjacent technologies such as charging infrastructure.

This includes developing flexible charging stations in China through a joint venture with DU-POWER as well as fast chargers equipped with battery storage technology through E.ON. Meanwhile, big oil conglomerate and world-renowned villain, BP, has made its own recent efforts to support the growing percentage of EV adoption by implementing its own charging technology.

The oil company’s new EV-centric brand, BP pulse, is investing £1 billion ($1.31 billion) in the UK over the next decade to expand EV charging, while its parent entity has made vows to become net-zero carbon – sometime in the next thirty years.

Following a recent order for about 1,000 DC fast chargers from Tritium, BP has found another partner in Volkswagen Group.

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