BP Pulse acquires Ashford International Truckstop


BP Pulse has acquired the freehold of Ashford International Truckstop in Kent as part of its strategic drive to create a Europe-wide network of EV charging infrastructure.

Strategically located off Junction 10 and 10a of the M20, the truckstop is close to Dover, the UK’s busiest ferry port, and LeShuttle Freight via the Eurotunnel terminal in Folkestone.

The site has the capacity to host approximately 20 mega-watt chargers (MCS), 10 x 400kW and 125 x 100 kW chargers.

Its first mega-watt chargers are expected to be in place from 2026.

These mega-watt chargers have the potential to fully charge an HGV in up to 45 minutes, enabling an onward range of 310 miles on a single charge, depending on EV model, battery, the weather and driving conditions.

Ashford International Truckstop is currently owned by the GSE Group and the 21-acre site already offers 660 secure parking bays and convenience services for HGV drivers.

As part of the agreement, BP Pulse will lease back the site to Ashford International Truckstop, part of GSE Group, to operate the existing site facilities and secure parking on a long-term lease.

BP Pulse will operate and manage the EV charging infrastructure.

Darrell Healey, Chairman of GSE Group, said, “We know the industry, including many of our clients, want to go electric.

“They will need convenient and quick charging infrastructure in the right locations, which is why the combination of the truck stop at Ashford and BP Pulse works so well.”

Stefan von Dobschuetz, general manager BP Pulse Europe, said, “The location of this truck stop aligns with our mission to provide accessible and strategically positioned charging infrastructure for our customers along the major truck corridors in Europe.”


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