The company BP Pulse started the first electric car charging network in Europe. These terminals are located at strategic points on a busiest freight line in Europe. But their power is very disappointing, especially for Tesla terminals.
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The main members of the oil sector, like TotalEnergies and BP, are also working on alternative energies; electric is obviously one of the major areas of work.
Even if it doesn’t seem to be considered alternative energy in the world of mobility, the power producer still leaves no more. At TotalEnergies in 2021, 7 % of energy generated from oil tanks, the total was 1%, compared to 1% in 2015.
TotalEnergies is working on the deployment of charging stations, and gradually began to connect French roads and highways. The British giant BP has just launched the first electric truck charging corridor in Europe. In Germany, six public charging stations with 300 kW charging points were launched, thus, in the Rhine-Alpine road corridor.
This is a strategic area since this section is part of one of the busiest road transport routes in Europe. It connects the most important North Sea ports in the Belgium and the Netherlands with the Mediterranean, the Italian port of Genoa. That connects a road network that spans approximately one hundred kilometers.
In Germany, the Aral-based chain distributer is called, and these chargers have been installed in Aral stores in Germany between the Rhine-Neckar metro area, northwest of Stuttgart, and the Rhein-Ruhr metropolitan area, east of the Dutch border. The drivers would have access to the air conditioning service for Aral, such as hot dishes, toilets, and showers. Two other charging stations will also open this axis over the next six months.
This is the first one in Europe. The stations can accommodate up to 20 volts of electric power per charger per day. With 300 kW of power, an electric truck regaining, according to BP Pulse, 200 km of power in 45 minutes. It may not seem so much for trucks.
Today, the number of operators that can provide a power socket exceeding 300 kW, such as Electra or Kallista Energy, is increasing. Other companies, especially Chinese, are working on so-called terminals that are efficient, such as Nio, which has unveiled a power generator of up to 500 kW.
In Europe, number of electric vehicles in circulation is quite small, but from obvious technical reasons, but also because the infrastructure of charging is very limited. However, BP estimates that by 2030, around 270,000 electric vehicles and heavy vehicles will be on the road in Europe, allowing one thousand to 140,000 charging points. BP plans on installing more than 100 chargers by 2030.
In recent years, Tesla delivered his first semi to the first customer, PepsiCo. The company currently runs 36 trucks out of the 100 ordered from Tesla. It appears that PepsiCo is underusing its trucks because of reasons that haven’t been disclosed.
Because even if the technical characteristics of the Tesla Semi are interesting (the company announces the approximation of 800 km of autonomy with a charge), it should be possible to recharge the batteries quickly. And that is precisely what Tesla was saying during the Semis key handover ceremony in PepsiCo, where Elon Musk unveiled a new charging system capable of giving greater than 1 kW in power. The voltage, however, would be about 1,000 volts. Taking a Tesla a day to refuel one Tesla’s second-hand vehicle.
Tesla needs to put on first megachargers this year and offer a charging solution up to three times faster than BP currently offers. PepsiCo has already installed chargers in its factories, since it takes 35 to 45 minutes to recharge Tesla’s a semi.
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