Shell UK wants to be a leading player in the transport system of tomorrow. That is why we are taking action today, investing in a range of new transport fuels with lower or no carbon emissions.
Domestic transport is the largest emitting sector of the UK economy, accounting for 35% of UK greenhouse gas emissions.
There is a vital need to improve air quality by reducing emissions, both local emissions that cause air pollution in our towns and cities, and the CO2 that contributes to global climate change.
These include biofuels, electric vehicle charging and hydrogen. Some options are suited to short journeys within urban areas, while others will perform better on longer journeys between cities.
In the UK, Shell is encouraging the uptake of Electric Vehicles (EVs) by investing in charging infrastructure at home, at work and on the go.
For customers on the go, we have an on forecourt charging offer, Shell Recharge, and have installed more than 30 EV charging points at our Shell retail sites to date, with plans to install hundreds more as the market grows. These Shell Recharge points allow drivers to charge their cars in as little as half an hour.
For customers who prefer to charge their vehicles at home or at work, we acquired the company NewMotion, one of the biggest charging point operators in Europe.
Our plan is to increase access to a choice of recharging options that meet different customer needs as the number of electric vehicles increases.
We have also started to install super-fast charge points in partnership with IONITY at strategic sites in Europe. These will take less than 10 minutes to charge the next generation of electric vehicles.
The Future of Hydrogen
We believe hydrogen has the potential to be an important low-carbon transport fuel, particularly for heavy-duty transport such as trucks and trains.
Hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles produce no greenhouse gases from the exhaust pipe – the only emission is water vapour. And when renewable electricity is used to make the hydrogen, the vehicle can effectively be powered without generating any emissions.
To date, we have opened two UK hydrogen refuelling stations with our partners ITM Power and Toyota, with one more to open shortly. We have government funding for three more.
Driving into a hydrogen future
Watch: Producing hydrogen fuel for the road
Title: Hydrogen Film
Duration: 2:11 minutes
The viewer is taken on a journey to learn how hydrogen is created, transported to fuel stations, and ultimately utilised to power cars available to consumers today. The viewer also learns how hydrogen is contributing to our lower carbon future.
Hydrogen Film Transcript
[Sound effects play]
Sounds of wind turbines spinning lightly in the wind.
Footage of wind turbines turning in the country is shown in the foreground, whilst we approach a city skyline shown in the distance.
“The journey to a lower carbon future is underway. Shell is exploring how cleaner fuels can help deliver lower carbon transport. One, in particular, does not produce any harmful emissions from the tailpipe – only water vapour. Hydrogen.
And if the hydrogen is produced using electricity from renewable energy sources then fuel cell cars have practically no emissions at all. ”
The viewer is thrust inside the mechanical workings of a wind turbine. We see cogs turning and lightening-like flashes of electric currents. The hydrogen then passes through an electrolyser, and we see many hydrogen molecules gathering together in a compressed state.
“Hydrogen is produced in an electrolyser by passing an electric current through water, which splits the water into hydrogen and oxygen.
The hydrogen is captured, compressed and transported to a Shell filling station…”
The viewer is looking down the barrel of a fuel pump at the outside of a Shell filling station, looking specifically at the Shell Hydrogen pump.
“… where it takes a motorist a matter of minutes to fill up their tank.”
The viewer is turned round toward the car and is then plunged back in through the fuel tank, following the hydrogen molecules inside the car. The viewer then passes over top and through the many elements of the hydrogen fuel within the car.
“Hydrogen fuel cell cars offer the performance, acceleration and range of conventional automobiles and the quiet driving experience of battery powered vehicles.
The fuel cell generates power for the motor by using the hydrogen in the tank and oxygen from the outside air.”
The screen fades to black, opening again on an evening at sunset. The viewer is looking out through the windshield from the inside of a car powered by hydrogen. The car is going round a bend, driving past wind turbines and approaching a big city in the distance.
“Shell has been researching the potential of hydrogen since the 90s and is drawing on its technical expertise and the support of car makers and government partners.
Success relies on everyone playing their part.
Shell already has hydrogen filling stations in California, the UK and in Germany; where it is working with 5 other partners to create a nationwide refueling network.
Delivering clean and convenient driving to motorists.”
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