Shell Begins Rollout Of Ultra-Fast Chargers In Europe

Shell will install 500 IONITY ultra-fast chargers (350 kW) at 80 stations in Europe

Shell launched its first ultra-fast charging stations in partnership with IONITY network. The first station with four chargers was installed to begin serving motorists at Hohenems, Austria, in August 2018 and now the second station with eight chargers is available at Shell’s Chartres-Bois and Chartres-Gasville service stations, about 90 minutes’ drive south of Paris, France.

While IONITY plans to expand the network to 400 stations by 2020 (currently 16 were installed and 29 more iare under construction), Shell will host 80 stations with 500 ultra-fast chargers (on average 6 per station) in 10 countries (Belgium, France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary).

Shell’s strategy envisions several patches of growth including:

  • Shell Recharge fast charging network
  • Acquisition of NewMotion, Europe’s largest charging networks
  • Partnership with IONITY
  • Investment in Ample “Electric Cars For Everyone” start-up

“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.”

“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.”

David Bunch, Shell’s Vice President Retail in Europe, said:

“Electric vehicle drivers should be able to travel long distances confidently and with ease. 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.”

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.”

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