Powering more of the cars we drive with clean energy 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 cars 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.
The number of pure-electric vehicles on UK roads is steadily increasing. But, for electric vehicle use to grow more rapidly, 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 fast, high-powered charging options on forecourts as well as electric mobility charging options for homes, businesses and other locations like supermarket car parks and streets.
For example, in July 2021, we were very proud to announce that Shell is aiming to install up to 800 electric vehicle charging points in as many as 100 Waitrose shops across the UK by 2025. Each site is expected to have six 22kW and two 50kW charge points installed, enabling customers to charge up while they shop. These new charging points will help us to achieve our ambition to grow our Shell Recharge-branded network to 5,000 EV charge points on forecourts and in other locations by 2025.
In the UK, Shell currently provides customers with access to a public charging network of nearly 8,000 EV charging points. This includes over 110 Shell Recharge charge points on Shell forecourts, access to a public charging network of nearly 4,000 EV charge points via Shell owned NewMotion, and access to nearly 4,000 EV charge points via Shell owned ubitricity.
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Launched in 2017, Shell Recharge is an on-forecourt electric car charging service, providing EV drivers charging with 100% certified renewable electricity.
Over the past four years this service has expanded rapidly and there are now over 110 Shell Recharge EV charge points available at Shell forecourts across the UK. These include rapid 50kW chargers and ultra-rapid 150kW and 175kW chargers.
Shell is also planning to convert a central London conventional fuels service station into an electric vehicle charging hub that will feature 10 high powered, 175kW charge points. The aim is to open this hub in 2021 or early 2022.
In 2017, Shell also bought NewMotion , one of Europe’s largest providers of EV charge points, providing customers with access to a network of over 200,000 public charge points across 35 countries.
In the UK, NewMotion provides drivers of electric vehicles access to a public charging network of nearly 4,000 EV charge points.
While Shell Recharge gives customers access to charge points on Shell forecourts, NewMotion provides customers with access to a public network of charge points in a variety of locations from supermarket car parks to offices and homes. NewMotion recently partnered with Aldi UK to provide EV charge points for customers to use while they do their shopping.
In early 2021, Shell acquired 100% of ubitricity , a leading European provider of on-street charging for EVs.
ubitricity works with local authorities across Europe to integrate EV charging into existing street infrastructure such as lamp posts and bollards. The result is EV charging that is affordable and easy for EV drivers to operate. It is convenient for anyone who wants to charge their EV while it is parked on the street, and particularly useful for people who lack a private driveway, because it enables them to charge their vehicle overnight.
Founded in Berlin, Germany, ubitricity operates in a number of European countries, and in the UK provides customers with access to nearly 4,000 charge points.
Clean energy 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.
Shell wants to be a leading player in the transport system of tomorrow. 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 charge points are supplied by electricity from 100% certified renewable sources.
Additionally, NewMotion has 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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