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BPme could expand to include BP Chargemaster

BP’s fuel payment app BPme could soon support payments for electric vehicle charging, following BP’s recent £130m acquisition of Chargemaster (now rebranded as BP Chargemaster).

The BPme app could soon include electric vehicle charging payments for BP Chargemaster sessions and management for fleets

The BPme app could soon include electric vehicle charging payments for BP Chargemaster sessions and management for fleets

Speaking at a preview event for the latest iteration of the BPme app, BP’s UK fuel card manager, Andy Allen, discussed the potential to integrate BP Chargemaster into future versions of the app, further integrating electric vehicle charging into BP’s fuel-offering.

The BPme app is designed to save customers time and reduce the reliance on plastic fuel cards. Similarly, Chargemaster’s electric vehicle charging network currently operates RFID cards, as well as app payments. At present, the BPme app can be used to find BP stations and search by fuel type, pumped AdBlue and other filters, but integrating BP Chargemaster payments may soon be on the cards too, providing a one-size-fits-all solution to paying for fuel of any type at BP stations.

You can learn more about the latest version of the BPme app that includes support for fuel cards on Fleet World, here.

BP Chargemaster integration may have far reaching consequences for fleet mangers too, as the system is already setup to monitor and manage fuel payments for petrol and diesel, therefore integrating electric car charging sessions would make EVs a more manageable solution to manage when drivers are on the move, whereas today’s EVs often charge at home overnight where dividing electricity cost between item use is difficult.

The app requires a compatible Apple or Android powered mobile phone and a 3G data signal, which BP says will be rolled out to all of its 1,200 sites (bar three that have no signal). BP has not yet announced whether BP Chargemaster will expand onto its proprietary forecourts, but this is a likely future move.

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Jonathan Musk

Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.