BP Chargemaster: 'Incredible' growth in charge point use

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    Brydo

    This article shows that drivers are buying EVs and getting used to using them.

    Users of BP Chargemaster’s electric vehicle (EV) charge point network and the number of charging sessions have more than doubled, with the amount of energy supplied almost tripling in the past year.

    Its charge points operated are now delivering more than 60 MWh (60,000 kWh) of energy per day.

    Based on an electric car averaging four miles per kilowatt hour (kWh) that equates to around 1.5 million miles per week of driving by electric cars.

    It also equates to around 300 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions avoided weekly by BP Chargemaster customers.

    David Newton, COO of BP Chargemaster, said: “Powering around 1.5 million electric miles a week makes us the most-used public charging infrastructure operator in the UK.”

    He continued: “We have seen incredible growth in the utilisation of our public charging network over the past 12 months, with both the number of charging sessions and number of users more than doubling, and the amount of energy supplied almost tripling. This reflects the larger batteries and the longer distances being driven by the latest electric vehicles.”

    BP Chargemaster is continuing to expand Polar, the UK’s largest public charging network now with about 7,000 charging points available, including with the deployment of ultra-fast 150kW chargers on BP forecourts.

    BP’s first 150kW forecourts are already live in London and Essex, with other installations in England and Wales going live imminently, and the first sites in Scotland due before the end of the year.

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    SaintsMan

    Tricky thing to get right, do they install 150kw over a large area, knowing that 450kw chargers are being installed in other countries at the moment (just a few) or do they trickle out the 150kw with the larger faster chargers being installed next year? It must be a headache trying to predict what way to go when we know there will be vastly longer range EV’s on the market in the next 24 months.

     

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    Brydo
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    EV connector types

    Not all cars can use rapid chargers.

    The link above gives some more info.

    The only person who got all his work done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe

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    Craig

    Surely quick charging the battery too many times will shorten the lifetime of the batteries?

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    gothitjulie
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    Surely quick charging the battery too many times will shorten the lifetime of the batteries?

    This is why EVs often have much lower charge speeds than that available from a rapid charger.

    i3 will pull around 45kW upto over 80%

    Ioniq 38 will pull around 47kW then slow right down over 50% charge

    etc.

    They all slow down the charge speed as the battery warms up, and aim to stop any of the cells getting near to their full capacity as the BMS reports the voltages. To get a full charge you’d need to use the built in AC charger (7kW) which will take all the cells upto a point where one cell reports a particular voltage before the BMS tries to get all the other cells upto that voltage too by bleeding off an amount of current to the cells which are at the higher voltages (which takes time but needs to be done often enough that you can get away with an occasional rapid charge).

     

     

     

    • This reply was modified 2 weeks, 5 days ago by  gothitjulie.
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    Brydo
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    Julie for a biker chick you sure know your ev stuff 👍

    The only person who got all his work done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe

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