BP announced a $5 million investment in the FreeWire Technologies Inc., developer of mobile electric vehicle charging systems - Mobi Chargers.

The first time we heard of Mobi Chargers was around three years ago. The device was equipped with CHAdeMO (for 50 kW DC) or two J1772 plugs (for 2x 7.5 kW) and its own 48 kWh battery pack.

Now, it seems that BP is trying to commercialize the idea. This year FreeWire’s Mobi Charger units will be trialed at selected BP retail sites in the UK and other countries in Europe.

Tufan Erginbilgic, chief executive, BP Downstream, said:

“Mobility is changing and BP is committed to remaining the fuel retailer of choice into the future. EV charging will undoubtedly become an important part of our business, but customer demand and the technologies available are still evolving.

“Using FreeWire’s mobile system we can respond very quickly and provide charging facilities at forecourts where we see the greatest demand without needing to make significant investments in today’s fixed technologies and infrastructure. The opportunity also to explore options for providing charging services away from our existing retail sites makes FreeWire an ideal partner for BP.”

FreeWire Mobi Chargers

FreeWire Mobi Chargers

Arcady Sosinov, CEO of FreeWire Technologies said:

“We applaud BP’s commitment to providing a wide range of charging methods for its global customer base. The Mobi Charger can be quickly and cost effectively scaled across vast transportation networks — flexibility that delivers benefits all along the EV charging value chain. We are thrilled that BP, which is such a significant provider of transportation infrastructure, has acknowledged the promise of our solution through this investment and partnership.”

David Gilmour, vice president of BP Ventures, added:

“BP first worked with FreeWire through the RocketSpace Tech Mobility Accelerator, and we believe its mobile fast charging technology will be one of a number of fuelling options that will be needed to address the future of lower carbon mobility. We were encouraged by FreeWire’s expertise and their product. We are excited to be making this investment and to continue working with them, testing customer demand for the product and further developing the offering for the fast growing EV supply equipment market.”