BP has launched a trial of its FreeWire EV charging service in the UK, with the oil firm’s Hammersmith filling station the first forecourt to feature the system.
Currently on trial until the end of October, CHAdeMO-compatibly rapid charge EVs are able to visit the forecourt and have their EV charged for free, using the FreeWire system.
BP FreeWire is a mobile rapid charging system, capable of recharging EVs at up to 50 kW. During this trial, charging is free – as is parking – and EV drivers simply need to park up, and then ask for the FreeWire operator.
This operator can explain more about the set-up, but they will initiate and end the charge. Users will need to sign up to the trial’s terms, as feedback is required for BP to determine what stages it will take next in regards to FreeWire.
FreeWire is essentially a mobile battery fitted with all of the kit needed to rapid charge an EV. The set-up is that can be taken to the car rather than the other way round, and is recharged from a mains socket.
At BP Hammersmith, drivers need to head to the left-hand side of the shop for the FreeWire units. If the operator isn’t there, those at the shop will be able to help.
BP has said that it is looking to become the fuel provider of choice for all vehicles – conventional or electric – at home or on the road. As such, it is trialling a number of other technologies in the UK and other markets.
Find the BP FreeWire location on Zap-Map.