BP wants to host chargers for electric cars inside its gas stations

BP to provide charging docks for electric cars in its global network of gas stations.

Bob Dudley, the CEO of BP (an oil and gas company from the UK that owns over 24,100 gas stations in 29 countries) announced today that the company is in talks with electric vehicle carmakers regarding the option to provide battery re-charging docks for electric vehicles inside its global network of fuel service stations.

Dudley said that the company can benefit now from the move away from diesel and petrol cars, which can produce a rapid growth in the use of electric vehicles in the coming decades.

Such a quick growth in the use of electric cars could heavily affect the oil companies and the fuel stations that will provide only fossil fuels.

According to some oil company estimates, the demand for some fossil fuels such as diesel and gasoline could plateau as early as the late 2020s.

BP is looking to take a slice of the growing market (electric vehicles), and to do so is trying different ways to get involved in the green car sector.

The rival oil company Royal Dutch Shell, has already created a pilot scheme to install charging docks for electric cars in some of its petrol stations located in the UK and the Netherlands.

Dudley has been supporting for some time the move away from fossil fuels towards greener energy sources for the oil and gas companies to effectively combat global warming and climate change, but along with rivals (including Shell) BP doesn’t seem to be interested in renewable energy production such as solar and wind power.

He said that BP will be ready for the world, but will not dive in too deeply, referring to a previous unsuccessful venture into renewable energy (including solar power) made by the company.

BP is ready to make investments in future green technologies, but these investments will represent small percentages inside the company or will be made by partnering with others, Dudley said.

It seems that BP wants to supply the charging docks for electric cars with energy generated by greener energy sources (not 100% green) such as natural gas combined with solar power generation.

In the meantime, the rival oil company Shell, announced on Tuesday, the investment made in a Singapore-based solar company called Sunseap Group.

However, what is the reason to switch to electric cars if the power used to charge their battery packs is still produced by fossil fuels?

Let’s say that this way we get rid of the air pollution caused by cars inside cities, but the pollution generated by the power stations burning fossil fuels to generate power for the charging docks will remain the same or even could increase if the number of electric cars and the number of charging stations increases.

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Magda Savin

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