Shell powers ahead with fastest electric vehicle charging in Europe
Nov 27, 2017
London, Shell has signed an agreement with high-powered charging network operator IONITY to offer charge points across ten European countries starting with 80 of its biggest highway stations, allowing drivers to travel long distances with confidence for the first time.
The high-powered chargers will take five to eight minutes on average to charge next generation electric vehicles, making them up to three times faster than any other charger currently available to drivers.
IONITY is a joint venture between BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche, which was formed to create a network of 350-kilowatt chargers next to major highways in Europe.
“Customers want to go on long journeys in their electric vehicles and feel confident that there are reliable, comfortable and convenient places to charge them quickly,” István Kapitány, Shell’s Global Executive Vice President of Retail, said. “Demand for electric vehicle charging on Europe’s major highways is set to grow rapidly. We are pre-empting drivers’ need to charge quickly by becoming one of IONITY’s major partners, giving customers access to the fastest charge points across 10 European countries.”
The agreement is part of Shell’s global drive to provide more and cleaner energy solutions. Following our recent agreement to buy NewMotion, one of Europe’s largest charging providers, and the launch of Shell Recharge fast chargers at selected Shell forecourts in the UK, we are increasingly offering reliable charging solutions for electric vehicle customers – whether they are at home, at work or on the road.
This is because Shell believes more people will choose to drive electric vehicles if they can access a range of reliable and convenient charging solutions, when and where they will need them.
Electric vehicle charging solutions is just one of the ways that Shell is aiming to deliver more and cleaner energy to its 30 million daily retail customers. We are also working to enhance efficiency of traditional fuels, and supporting the development of low-emission transport fuels such as hydrogen, biofuels and natural gas.
“IONITY and Shell share a common goal: to enable convenient long-distance travel with electric vehicles across Europe by providing reliable fast-charging infrastructure,” Dr. Michael Hajesch IONITY’s Chief Executive said. “Joining forces means combining Shell’s long history and experience in retail with our state-of-the-art technology for fast charging. It will significantly increase the customer satisfaction of EV drivers.”
Notes for Editors :
- Shell is partnering with IONITY in the following countries: Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and the UK.
- On average six IONITY-Shell co-branded charge posts will be available at each Shell Station, around 500 in total.
- The network will enable cars with suitable technology to significantly reduce charging time, with power levels up to 350-kilowatts and will support both existing and next generation electrical vehicles featuring cutting edge technology.
- The chargers will use the same charging standard required by most electric vehicles in Europe and North America, the Combined Charging System (CCS).
- An estimated 400 high-powered charging stations will comprise IONITY´s network to allow long-distance travel in Europe across multiple countries
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IONITY Public Relations: Hakan Guenay +49 89 614 657 10
IONITY is headquartered in Munich and was founded in 2017; it is a joint venture of the BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche. The goal of the joint venture is to build an extensive and reliable High-Power-Charging network (HPC) for electric vehicles in Europe to secure comfortable long-distance travel. IONITY has attractive national and international locations through its strong cooperation partners. IONITY is an internationally registered trademark. www.ionity.eu
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