BP becomes the latest high-profile member of the CharIN e.V., an association whose aim is to develop and establish Combined Charging System (CCS) DC fast and ultra-fast charging.

Audi e-tron prototype: Charging

Audi e-tron prototype: Charging

CharIN was previously strengthened by Shell, which means that big oil companies are turning towards electrification and seeking a role in the emerging business.

Electric car charging becomes more attractive to Shell and BP mainly because fast and ultra-fast charging becomes possible and those are closest to the business model of refueling stations.

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Roy Williamson, VP Advanced Mobility, BP said:

“The opportunity provided by CharIN to collaborate with other industry leaders on the development of Ultra Fast Charge and premium customer experience for electric vehicles, provides BP with a fantastic platform on which we can offer our expertise to help shape the development of charging technologies that will meet consumer requirements into the future,”.

“Consumers want a charging solution that matches the time and effort it takes to refuel a vehicle today. The Combined Charging System is a solution that enables full flexibility. Consumers can charge their vehicles over a time period of several hours at home (e.g. at night) or can connect them to public fast charging stations. The DC fast charging process enables vehicles to be fully charged within 15 to 20 minutes in a near future. We believe that through CharIN, we will pave the foundations to enable more customers to come to the electrification market through the development of a standardised and fast solution.”

One of the most recent BP investments is FreeWire Technologies (developer of mobile electric vehicle charging systems):

"BP is already investing in new technologies and business models, and partnering with industry leaders and start-ups in order to better understand the shape of the future of mobility. For example, BP recently invested in FreeWire Technologies Inc. (FreeWire), a US-based manufacturer of mobile electric vehicle (EV) rapid charging systems, and plans to roll out FreeWire’s Mobi Charger units for use at selected BP retail sites in the UK and Europe during 2018."