Helping Percy Pig plug-in: BP Pulse to open 900 EV chargers at M&S stores

8 Dec 2022

BP Pulse is planning to add up to 900 new fast charging points in the next two years. And these are not just charging points… these are M&S charging points.

Under the agreement, the charging firm will install the mix of rapid (greater than 50kW) and ultra-rapid (greater than 150kW) chargers at around 70 Marks and Spencer stores. BP Pulse says that it will add around 400kW hours of charging capacity.

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Each charger at the 70 locations will have a minimum capacity of 50kW using either a standard-grid of battery-integrated system, with as many sites as possible featuring at least one 150kW charger. That will depend on the state of local infrastructure.

Two pilot sites are already live, with 15 50kW charging points having been in operation across the Marks and Spencer stores in Maidstone and Southgate for the last few years. The supermarket and clothing giant says that the deal with BP Pulse is part of plans to ready its stores for the future, and its push to become net zero by 2040.

The exclusive deal between BP Pulse and Marks and Spencer builds on a partnership that started in 2005, which have involved M&S Food stores being opened at the energy giant’s fuel stations, so that customers could stock up on Percy Pigs with their petrol. More than 60 BP stations with M&S Food stories currently offer BP Pulse charge points.

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Sacha Berengji, Marks and Spencer’s operations chief, said: “EV charging is the latest feature to ensure we have a store estate fit for the future, to help our customers live lower carbon lives. We know that services like EV charging are in demand from our customers, so we’re delighted to be offering this service.”

Akira Kirton, the boss of BP Pulse said that the deal was “exactly the kind of collaboration the UK needs to help accelerate the transition to lower carbon transport”.

BP Pulse currently offers more than 9000 EV charge points, including 1200-plus rapid chargers. The new Marks and Spencer chargers are park of wider plans but BP Pulse to invest up to £1 billion in UK charging infrastructure by the end of 2030.


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