Shell brings rapid EV charging to garage forecourts

Shell has launched a new on-forecourt electric vehicle (EV) rapid charging service. The service is currently available at three Shell garages in London, Surrey and Derby, and will expand to seven more garages in Greater London and Reading by the end of the year.

Jane Lindsay-Green, Shell UK future fuels manager, said: “Shell Recharge provides Electric Vehicle drivers with a convenient way to charge their cars on-the-go. We’re pleased to offer rapid electric charging on the forecourt, allowing us to broaden the range of fuel choices we deliver.”

Shell Recharge provides rapid chargers, which charge most cars in approximately 30 minutes. Customers will pay using the Smoov app, a subscription-free mobile payment system. There are no subscription or connection fees; customers only pay for the power used to recharge their car. Until the 30th of June 2018, Shell is offering an introductory offer of 25p per kWh, this will then increase to 49p per kWh.

Shirley Rodrigues, London’s deputy mayor of environment and energy commented: “With sales of diesel cars declining, it’s vital to have charging points for electric vehicles in service stations, car parks and on our streets. As the Mayor moves towards making London’s transport system zero-emission by 2050, TfL are working with boroughs to increase charging infrastructure across our city. The expansion we require will continue to demand strong collaboration with industry, private landowners and greater investment from government.”

Shell Recharge will be run in partnership with Allego, who will manage the operation of the rapid chargers. Anja van Niersen, chief executive of Allego said: “We know that electric vehicle drivers want the right charging solution at the right place, to be always available and combined with excellent services. Shell Recharge shows how these wishes can be met.”

Last week, Shell announced it had agreed to buy NewMotion, one of Europe’s largest EV charging providers.

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