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bp pulse acquires Ashford International Truckstop

bp's electric vehicle charging business acquires the freehold of one of Europe’s largest truck stops.

The acquisition is part of bp pulse’s strategic drive to create a Europe-wide network of electric truck (EV) charging infrastructure.

Strategically located off Junction 10 and 10a of the M20, Ashford International Truckstop is close to Dover, the UK’s busiest ferry port, and LeShuttle Freight via the Eurotunnel terminal in Folkestone – approximately 3.5 million HGVs travel across the channel via the port of Dover and Eurotunnel each year.

The site has the capacity to host approximately 20 mega-watt chargers, 10 x 400kW and 125 x 100 kW chargers. A mega-watt charger has the potential to fully charge an HGV in up to 45 minutes.

Stefan von Dobschuetz, General Manager bp pulse Europe, said: “For fleet operators to consider going electric, they must be confident that the infrastructure is in place to support them. That is why we are thrilled to have secured the land to a crucial site near Dover as we strive to meet the evolving needs of HGV operators transitioning to EVs.

“The location of this truck stop aligns with our mission to provide accessible and strategically positioned charging infrastructure for our customers along the major truck corridors in Europe.”

Stefan continues: "Now we need to unlock the EV charging potential at this site. We look forward to working with national energy infrastructure partners to facilitate timely power connections for our ambitious project."

Ashford International Truckstop is currently owned by the GSE Group. The 21-acre site offers 660 secure parking bays and convenience services for HGV drivers. As part of the agreement, bp pulse will lease back the site to Ashford International Truckstop Ltd, part of GSE Group, to operate the existing site facilities and secure parking on a long-term lease. bp pulse will operate and manage the EV charging infrastructure.

Darrell Healey, Chairman of GSE Group, said: “We know the industry, including many of our clients, want to go electric. They will need convenient and quick charging infrastructure in the right locations, which is why the combination of the truck stop at Ashford and bp pulse works so well.

“Our knowledge and experience of operating arguably the best truck stop in the UK, combined with bp pulse’s capabilities in building the EV charging infrastructure required by our existing and future customers, is a perfect partnership. We're looking forward to seeing our site evolve and serve such E-Trucks and to continue to explore other potential truck stop projects in the UK.”

The first mega-watt chargers are expected to be in place from 2026.

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