Shell will install 50,000 on-street EV chargers by 2025, the company has announced, bringing their total number to around 55,000.
Shell is one of the most recognisable fossil fuel companies, and they are in the middle of a transformation, moving from petrol stations to charging stations across the UK.
Shell’s plan for 50,000 charge points will be rolled out by Ubitricity, which Shell acquired in February 2021. Ubitricity, based in Germany, will supply charging stations and install them on the street concealed as lampposts and bollards.
You can find out more about the announcement here.
In addition to on-street EV chargers, some companies are building all-electric forecourts.
The UK’s largest independent forecourt operator, Motor Fuel Group, unveiled its first all-EV forecourt this week.
With eight 150kW ultra-fast charge points, the charging forecourt in Stretford, Manchester, has an electric car wash and its own convenience store, just like a regular fuel station.
If your car supports 150kW charge speeds, a 10-minute charge will provide approximately 80 to 100 miles of range, topping up your battery by around 25kWh. Despite the widespread adoption of EVs, all-electric forecourts are rare.
The UK’s first all-electric forecourt opened in Braintree, Essex, in September 2020, managed by GridServe with 30 350kW chargers. With the Government banning the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2030, more electric forecourts will be needed to satisfy the electricity demand.
This follows our story revealing that the UK is on track to have a 250,000 public charger deficit by 2030, with nowhere near the infrastructure needed to meet charging demand.
In a further development to this story, Shell has announced they plan to install 100,000 public EV chargers by 2030.