BP Invests £50 Million in Britain for Expansion of EV Battery Research and Laboratory Infrastructure

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Today, bp announced plans to invest as much as PS50 million (around 60 million dollars) in a state-of the-art electric battery testing center and laboratory for electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK. bp previously stated its intention to invest as much as PS18 billion in UK’s energy system by 2030. This new investment is yet another example of bp’s commitment to the country.

The new facilities are expected to be open by 2024. They will be situated at the bp’s global headquarters in Pangbourne, Berkshire for Castrol, and will provide support for the science, technology and engineering roles that exist there today. This site is already involved in the research and development of fuels and lubricants and EV fluids. It aims to be a major hub for fluid technology and engineering in the UK.

“We’re backing Britain. We’re fully committed to the UK’s energy transition. This additional investment will help accelerate the transition to EVs by developing solutions to help decarbonize the transport sector. This is another example of our ambitious plans to do more, and go faster,” said Louise Kingham, bp’s UK head of country.

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These new facilities will allow for the advancement of fluid technologies and engineering for fully and hybrid electric vehicles. This will enable the industry to reach the critical tipping points that will lead to mainstream adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). Castrol ON’s advanced e-fluids control temperatures in the battery, which allows for ultra-fast charging. This also improves efficiency and prolongs the life of the drivetrain.

The advanced engineering and e-fluid technologies can also be applied to other industries, such as the thermal management fluids needed for data centers. This is a growing industry. Data centres are the main conduit for most of the Internet Protocol (IP), traffic worldwide. Since 2010, the number of internet users has more than doubled and global traffic has increased by 15 times. This trend is expected to continue in the next ten years.

Michelle Jou, CEO at Castrol stated that “We are committed to supporting the electrification and take-up electric vehicles. The market for EV fluids has huge potential and Castrol is committed to supporting the electrification of transport and the adoption of electric vehicles. Castrol ONEV fluids are also supplied to Jaguar TCS Racing Formula E team”.

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“This substantial new investment will allow us to now build additional strategic technologies and capabilities in order to further advance the EV fluids. These facilities will be a showcase for our technical expertise and help customers make the transition to electric vehicles.”

Richard Bartlett (senior vice president at bp pulse) said: “At Bp Pulse, we strive to provide the fastest, most reliable charging experience for our customers and continue investing in our global network of ultra-fast connections for trucks and passenger cars. This investment will allow us to co-develop battery and charger technology and digital solutions for EVs with our OEM partners”.

Castrol plans to make use of the new facilities in order to continue working with suppliers and car manufacturers to develop future battery technology and associated thermal management fluids. It will also develop new technologies to support ultra-fast charging, which is the foundation of bp pulse’s growth strategy.

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