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BP Pulse confirms price changes for EV charging network

BP Pulse, one of the UK’s largest electric vehicle charging networks, has confirmed new pricing for all except its fastest units, applicable from 10 June.

Volkswagen ID.3 at BP Pulse charging point

New rates apply to all except the fastest pulse150 charging points

Usage is billed per kilowatt-hour of energy supplied, but pricing varies depending on the method of access and the speed of the charging point. The company’s pulse7 units provide up to 7kW, pulse50 are rapid chargers at up to 50kW, while pulse150 are ultra-rapid chargers with a 150kW maximum output for compatible vehicles.

From 10 June, costs are as follows:

  • Drivers using contactless credit or debit cards will pay 26p/kWh for pulse7 units (up 1p/kWh), 35p/kWh for pulse50 (a 5p/kWh increase) and 42p/kWh for pulse150, which is unchanged.
  • Registered users paying via the app will be charged 20p/kWh for pulse7 (up 4p/kWh) and 29p/kWh for pulse50 (a 4p/kWh increase) and 42p/kWh for pulse150, which is unchanged.
  • Drivers paying the £7.85 monthly subscription will pay 16p/kWh (a 4p/kWh increase) for pulse7, 23p/kWh for pulse50 (an 8p/kWh increase) while pulse150 remains at 27p/kWh.

The company said price increases this month will enable ongoing investment in the network, including the roll-out of new ultra-fast charging ‘hubs’ which will launch later this year.

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

One Comment

  • EVLondon User03. Jun, 2021

    It’s fine to raise prices but if your market share is lost due to faulty charging station BP has only itself to blame.
    As an EV user-Owner and subscriber to BPPulse I will cancel my subscription and choose other providers of EV Charging as this problem with the BP Pulse network is not going away.
    Mismanagement and over-stretched staffing are rampant and we feel this when we call to complain our EV’s are stuck to their charging stations or all nearby charging stations are broken due to a software fault.

    BP Pulse mentions further investment in faster charging station? IF they just fixed the network they already had they would attract more subscribers.
    We find on subscription the rate (15p / kW) was competitive and let us charge without owning a home charging connection. But with a 8p rise it’s now better for use to charge on Octopus Energy on a 7kW home charger at 15p/ kW. It’s’ just the right cost.

    BP Pulse thinks faster charging units’ will bring in mainstream EV users but the 50kW charges are it’s bread-and-butter business. They must improve that network quickly. Our car can only charge on 50kW charging units and it’s less than 1 year old, so why push 150kW charging stations at a higher price point and loose customers when they don’t work? Check out chessingtons dual 150w which are broken more than they are working.
    For us, we will follow Gridserve who appear to deliver the right charging stations at a higher costs but the journey is more predictable.

    Good luck BP Pulse and yes, I will delete your useless App, no point in using that when we return our RFI Subscription Card.

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