Shell opens first fast chargers at major European service station
Oct 25, 2018
- First of 500 Shell-IONITY chargers by 2020
- Charge next generation vehicles in up to ten minutes
- Chargers grow network that includes Shell Recharge & NewMotion
London, October 25, 2018 – Shell has opened its first high-powered charging station in France, in partnership with charging network operator IONITY, helping European electric vehicle drivers to make longer-distance journeys.
The high-powered chargers take up to ten minutes to charge next-generation electric vehicles, making them up to three times faster than any other type of 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. It was formed to create a 400-strong network of 350-kilowatt chargers next to major highways in Europe.
“Electric vehicle drivers should be able to travel long distances confidently and with ease,” David Bunch, Shell’s Vice President Retail in Europe, said. “Creating a convenient network of reliable, powerful chargers is vital for getting many more electric vehicles on the road. We are one of IONITY’s major partners because we share that vision.”
Installing high-powered chargers at 80 stations in Europe is part of Shell’s global drive to provide more and cleaner energy solutions. The chargers are in addition to our acquisition of NewMotion, one of Europe’s largest charging providers, and a growing number of Shell Recharge fast chargers at Shell forecourts in the UK, the Netherlands and China. Around 170 Shell-branded forecourts around the world now offer charging facilities.
Shell is committed to supporting people’s vehicle charging needs – whether they are at home, at work or on the road. This because Shell believes more people will choose to drive electric vehicles if they can access quick and reliable facilities.
Electric vehicle charging solutions is just one of the ways that Shell is aiming to deliver more and cleaner energy around the world. We are also working to enhance the efficiency of traditional fuels and support the development of low-emission transport fuels such as hydrogen, biofuels and natural gas.
Dr. Michael Hajesch IONITY’s Chief Executive said: “Back in November last year Shell and IONITY announced a common goal: to enable convenient long-distance travel with electric vehicles across Europe by providing reliable fast-charging infrastructure.” One year on, the first IONITY stations operating in partnership with Shell represent a significant step in achieving that goal.
Notes for Editors:
- The eight new chargers are available at Shell’s Chartres-Bois and Chartres-Gasville service stations, about 90 minutes’ drive south of Paris. The first four Shell-IONITY chargers began serving motorists at Hohenems, Austria, in August 2018.
- With power supply levels of up to 350-kilowatts, the Shell-IONITY system enables new cars with higher charging capacities to charge much more quickly, while also serving standard electric vehicles already on the market.
- The chargers will use the same charging standard required by most electric vehicles in Europe and North America, known as the Combined Charging System (CCS).
- Shell is also partnering with IONITY in Belgium, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and the UK.
- Shell plans to install an average of six IONITY-Shell branded charge posts across the 80 Shell service stations included in the project.
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IONITY Public Relations: Paul Entwistle +49 151 68 91 70 73
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 (HPC) network for electric vehicles in Europe to ensure confident long-distance travel for electric vehicle drivers. 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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