Powering more of the cars we drive with clean electricity is essential to addressing both growing CO2 emissions and air pollution across the UK. That’s why Shell is investing in EV infrastructure to meet the charging needs of electric vehicle drivers – at home, at work or on the go.
Unlike traditional vehicles, which usually only refuel at petrol stations, electric vehicles have the potential to be recharged at home, at work or on the go, including in shared locations such as forecourts, car parks or supermarkets.
128,500 of the UK’s 32 million cars are pure-electric and this figure is steadily increasing. For electric vehicle use to grow more rapidly, however, drivers need to feel confident that there are convenient and reliable means of recharging their vehicles.
At Shell we support this ambition, and, in the UK, this includes providing charging options for homes and businesses, as well as the provision of faster, high-powered charging options on forecourts.
Shell also supports the UK Government's ambition to increase the uptake of electric vehicles and believes the phase out date for sales of new internal combustion engine vehicles could be brought forward to 2030, to make sure the UK meets the 2050 net zero target. However, this could only be delivered through a robust government plan to make the transition fair and deliverable.
Clean power is a crucial part of the e-mobility ecosystem: unless they are powered using clean electricity, electric vehicles do not contribute to reducing CO2 emissions and air pollution across the UK.
That’s why as the number of electric vehicles on the road grows, Shell is also working to provide more electricity from sources such as wind and solar power that will allow electric vehicles to run on low-carbon power sources. Furthermore, all Shell Recharge charging posts are supplied by electricity from 100% certified renewable sources.
Additionally, NewMotion recently joined forces with energy supply company Shell Energy Retail to offer customers a home charging point for a discounted price, with every charge powered by 100% certified renewable electricity. Shell Energy also offers a specific EV tariff that provides customers with discounts on home charging.
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Shell 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 low or no carbon emissions, and helping our customers to offset the transport emissions that are less easy to avoid.
As the world changes and customer needs change, Shell is adapting too. We aim to make electricity a significant business for Shell, one that in the future could sit alongside oil, gas and chemicals.