BP Pulse installs ultra-fast chargers on Scotland’s M8 motorway
BP Pulse has launched two new charging sites at Harthill services, bringing ultra-fast charging to electric vehicle drivers on Scotland’s M8 motorway.
The two sites are situated off the east- and west-bound carriageways near Harthill, Lanarkshire and feature ten 150kW chargers, each capable of adding up to 100 miles of range in as little as 10-15 minutes.
The chargers will service the busy Edinburgh to Glasgow corridor, providing a crucial addition to Scotland’s EV infrastructure – they’re expected to power one million all-electric Scottish miles per year
Each 150kW charger is equipped with the CCS and CHAdeMO connectors to provide widespread compatibility.
Charging sessions are accessible with a BP Pulse subscription, which offers the best-value charging tariffs but EV drivers can use pay-as-you-go charging using a contactless debit or credit card with no registration required. The site also features an M&S Simply Food store and a BP Wild Bean Café.
Rob Chadwick, BP EV operations lead, UK, said: “BP Pulse is making sure motorists across Scotland and the UK have easy access to the fastest, most convenient and most reliable charging. 75,000 motorists currently travel along the busy route served by Harthill. This investment by BP Pulse reflects our commitment to helping these motorists build their confidence in charging infrastructure as many make the switch to an EV.”
The hub opening forms part of BP’s broader strategy to rapidly invest in low carbon solutions for Scotland’s energy future, which includes a bid in the ScotWind offshore leasing round.
It also follows BP Pulse’s recent announcement that it will roll out dedicated ultra-fast charging hubs across the UK, with the first purpose-built charging and convenience hub set to open later this year.
The new charging hubs will see the network double in size to 16,000 charge points by 2030, to support the increasing demand from motorists making the switch to electric vehicles.