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BP Forays Into EV Charging Market by Acquiring AMPLY Power

BP is planning to accelerate electrification in the fleet segment, which is crucial to reducing emissions from the transport sector.

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BP plc BP announced that it acquired AMPLY Power for an undisclosed amount as part of plans to help the world reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

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The acquisition represents BP's first major foray into the electric vehicle ("EV") charging market in the United States, one of the largest automotive markets globally.

AMPLY Power is an EV charging and energy infrastructure provider for fleets, which operate trucks, transit and school buses, vans, and light-duty vehicles. Per the terms of the deal, AMPLY Power will continue operating independently as part of BP's business portfolio.

BP is planning to accelerate electrification in the fleet segment, which is crucial to reducing emissions from the transport sector. In 2019, emissions from the transport sector accounted for nearly 29% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, making it the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.

AMPLY Power offers a unique opportunity to develop BP's EV business in the U.S. as it brings a fast-growing customer base and an accessible digital platform. The acquisition fits well with BP's plan to enhance next-generation mobility solutions as well as provide the fastest and reliable network of charging and digital solutions for customers.

Energy companies are increasingly investing in EV chargers as demand for the same is expected to grow significantly in the future. BP, which has EV charging stations in the U.K., Germany and China, aims to expand its global network of EV charging points to 70,000 by 2030. This indicates an increase from about 11,000 today.

BP has been expanding its charging businesses worldwide as electrification is the basis of its approach to mobility.  The company continues to invest in new forms of infrastructure and technology to serve the fleet customers.

Company Profile & Price Performance

Headquartered in London, the U.K., BP is a fully integrated energy company, with a strong focus on renewable energy.

Shares of the company have underperformed the industry in the past three months. The stock has gained 14.6% compared with the industry's 15.6% growth.


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Zacks Rank & Key Picks

BP currently flaunts a Zack Rank #3 (Hold).

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In the past year, shares of Callon Petroleumhave gained 283.7% compared with Zacks Exploration and Production Industry's growth of 94.3%. CPE's earnings for 2021 are expected to surge 222.7% year over year. CPE currently has a Zacks Style Score of A for both Growth and Momentum. CPE witnessed six upward revisions in the past 60 days.

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In the past year, the stock has soared 201.2% compared with the industry's growth of 94.3%. DVN is also projected to see a year-over-year earnings surge of 3877.8% in 2021.  DVN witnessed nine upward revisions in the past 60 days. DVN's free cash flow at the end of third-quarter 2021 was $1.1 billion, up eight-fold from the fourth-quarter 2020 levels. The company will continue to prioritize free cash flow generation in 2022 and deploy a major portion of the same to dividends and share buybacks.

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