BOCHUM, Germany—Aral, BP’s market fuel retail brand in Germany, said it is expanding its network of ultra-fast electric charging stations—operating under its new name Aral pulse—much faster than expected. By the end of the year, Aral pulse will have 500 ultra-fast charging points with a charging capacity of up to 350 kilowatts each in operation at more than 120 Aral filling stations, BP said.
“Our e-offer is picking up speed. We will increase the number of our charging points fivefold this year,” said Aral CEO Patrick Wendeler. “In view of the increasing demand for electric vehicles, the time has come to accelerate the expansion of our charging infrastructure.”
Aral now unites all its e-mobility activities under the new name Aral pulse, underscoring the importance of EV charging for Aral’s future business.
“We want to provide the fastest and most convenient network of charging and, combined with our high-quality services at our filling stations, we want to deliver exceptional customer experience and innovative offers,” Wendeler added.
Starting with ultra-fast charging on the road, Aral’s goal is to ensure that EV charging is as seamless, convenient and as fast as possible, the company said.
By the end of February, Aral will operate 100 ultra-fast charging points at 25 filling stations. They are powered by 100% green energy and have a charging capacity of up to 300 or 350 kilowatts, depending on the location. A vehicle with the appropriate battery technology can be charged for a range of up to 350 kilometers in just over 10 minutes—as fast as refueling at the pump. That’s the equivalent of driving non-stop from Bochum to Hamburg.
Meanwhile, Shell recently unveiled its ambitious plan to install 500,000 electric-vehicle charging stations by 2025.
The Fuels Institute has prepared an evaluation of the U.S. electric vehicle market from the consumer perspective, including total cost of ownership, recharging infrastructure requirements, anticipated consumer recharging behavior and the relationship of EVs to competing technology in terms of consumer adoption. Visit “Electric Vehicle Adoption: Focus on Charging” to learn more.
Watch this YouTube video by the Fuels Institute and NACS for more information on EV infrastructure.