Today (18 October, 2017) Shell opened its first electric vehicle (EV) charging points at three UK forecourts (in London, Surrey and Derby). The service, called Shell Recharge, can charge most electric vehicles in around 30 minutes.
The launch follows Shell’s recent agreement to buy NewMotion, one of Europe’s largest electric vehicle charging providers. Both initiatives will help Shell to test and develop the full raft of electric vehicle charging solutions for customers at home, at work and on the go.
Shell UK Country Chair Sinead Lynch said: “We’re delighted to offer rapid electric charging on the forecourt for the first time. Shell Recharge will provide EV drivers in these areas with a convenient and subscription-free charging service. Our aim is to have recharging points at ten forecourts by the end of the year.
“More broadly, today’s opening is part of our wider commitment to help deliver a low-carbon UK, by offering drivers a range of fuels as new technologies evolve to co-exist with traditional transport fuels.”
Earlier in the year, Shell opened its first UK hydrogen refuelling station in Cobham, Surrey with the second due to open in Beaconsfield. Just like electric battery cars, hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles can help to reduce carbon emissions while addressing air pollution.