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A Defining Day in the History of Electric Vehicles

Posted on July 5th, 2018 at 14:00PM - by EVision - The Latest EV News

What a week of breaking EV news. There are many points in history that have defined entire generations. On the 17th of October 1903 the Wright brothers made their first manned flight, on the 1st of October 1908 the Model T Ford became the world’s first mass-produced car, on the 10th of December 1940 Winston Churchill became Prime Minister, on the 30th of July 1966 England win the World Cup, on the 20th of July 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first man to step foot on the Moon, and on the 9th of November 1989 the Berlin Wall fell. A date that can now be added to this impressive list is the 28th of June 2018. The day it was announced that BP have taken over Chargemaster.


I know that some (possibly many) will think that this is a wildly over-dramatic statement. However, the potential implications for the electric vehicle market, and for the environment in the UK, is absolutely huge. If done right, BP has the opportunity to put in place a network that will convince the masses to switch to electric. Range anxiety and the uncertainty of where charge points are is the biggest concern that non-EV drivers have by far. While many people who have not yet embraced electric cars may not be familiar with charge point brand names, such as Pod Point, Chargemaster etc, they will be familiar with BP. It is a brand name that has been around for a very long time and is a brand name that is trusted by the general public to deliver a quality product.

It is not just the convenience of charging an electric car that this takeover will affect. If this news can help convince the masses to switch to electric, it will have an enormously positive impact on the environment in the UK. Around 10,000 people die in the UK every year due to car pollution, and the health risks associated with the use of diesel and petrol vehicles costs the NHS many millions of pounds every year. Something needed to change.

We are fully aware that BP have taken this step in order to future-proof their business, rather than for any other altruistic reasons. However, the ripple effect from this merger will be felt by many, and in the best way possible too. We are optimistic that BP has sent the UK electric car revolution into the stratosphere. We salute BP Plc and we hope that the other oil companies in the UK follow suit. BP knows only too well that electric cars are the future, and that it is adopt, adapt or die time.

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