Daimler Mobility AG and BMW Group significantly strengthen the customer offering of Digital Charging Solutions GmbH (DCS) by adding bp as the third shareholder with a stake of 33.3%. DCS is a leading developer of digital charging software for automotive manufacturers and vehicle fleet operators offering access to 228,000 charging points in 32 countries. bp agreed to join BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG in their drive to extend and significantly improve electrification, making electric vehicle charging more convenient, simpler and seamless for drivers.
The BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG operate mobility services under the umbrella of the YOUR NOW Joint Ventures. Digital Charging Solutions GmbH stands behind the CHARGE NOW brand and operates charging services such as “Mercedes me Charge”. DCS already offers access to 228,000 charging points in 32 countries giving OEMs, fleet customers and EV drivers extensive access to charging infrastructure across Europe. The addition of bp is expected to provide DCS customers access to an additional 8,700 charging points across Europe including ultra-fast charging (more than 150kw) and develop new integrated offers for fleets including fuel and charge as a first step.
This collaboration allows additional access to a growing network of chargers across Europe
Electrification is at the heart of bp‘s convenience and mobility strategy and the company aims to grow its network of public EV charging points by 2030 to over 70,000 worldwide. Currently bp’s charging network is the most used on the UK market and is rapidly growing. It is planned to have around 250 ultra-fast chargers operating at bp retail sites in the UK and 500 ultra-fast charging points across its retail sites in Germany by year end. Collaboration brings benefit to both companies, as DCS will gain access to additional charging points and bp will extend the customer base.
Together with the BMW Group, we are consistently driving forward the transition to electric mobility. With bp, we are gaining a strategic partner who will help us to further strengthen the customer offering of DCS. bp's large network of retail sites offers ideal conditions for the expansion of charging infrastructure – precisely where customers of electric vehicles need and expect them. We also see great potential in combining tank and charging solutions for the growing customer group of plug-in hybrids. bp's commitment will help DCS accelerate the implementation of its ambitious plans.
Stephan Unger Chief Financial Officer of Daimler Mobility AG
This collaboration will help to get more EVs on the roads and, ultimately, help us move towards more sustainable mobility.