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Complete guide to the BP Pulse (formerly Polar Plus) charging network

Here's how to charge your electric or plug-in hybrid car on the BP Pulse public charging network (which was formerly known as Polar Plus)

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The BP Pulse charging network – which used to be known as the Polar Plus network before a December 2020 rebrand – consists of more than 8,000 points across the UK, including some slow chargers and hundreds of rapid chargers.

A live map of the BP Pulse network showing the status of all its chargers can be viewed on the company’s website. There’s also a dedicated app for smartphone users. BP Pulse plans to operate a total of 16,000 charging points by 2030.

BP Pulse Gatwick

At the end of 2021, BP Pulse operated over 400 'ultra-rapid' 150kW points across the UK. The first was revealed in June 2019, with installations rolling out at BP forecourts from August that year. Early 2022 saw the opening of a BP Pulse hub in Gatwick Airport's Q-Park car park (above) aimed at private-hire drivers.

In March 2021, the firm announced new charging hubs (below), similar to the Gridserve facility in Braintree. These will offer 24 charging points and 300kW charging speeds at "high-traffic locations" alongside the UK motorway network. The exact locations of these hubs have yet to be confirmed.

BP Pulse hub

BP Pulse membership and charges

If you're a regular user and want the cheapest rates at BP Pulse chargers, you can become a subscriber for £7.85 per month. There's no fixed-term contract and you can cancel at any time. After you’ve signed up, you get a card or fob in the post. You simply park up, plug in and tap this on the charger to begin charging.

As of May 2022, prices for subscribers start from 35p per kWh at AC chargers that provide speeds of up to 22kW. The network's 43kW AC and 50kW DC rapid chargers cost 43p per kWh to use, while the 150kW DC ultra-rapid chargers cost 45p per kWh.

If you're not going to be using BP Pulse chargers regularly, it's still worth becoming a 'registered user' (which doesn't cost anything). This lets you charge at 43p per kWh for the 22kW AC chargers, 54p per kWh for the rapid chargers and 57p per kWh for the ultra-rapid chargers.

If you don't take out a subscription or become a registered user, you'll pay the standard rates, which are 45p per kWh for a 22kW charger, 56p per kWh for the 43 and 50kW rapids and 59p per kWh for the ultra-rapids.

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