The High-Power-Charging network (HPC) of the German automotive industry has found a powerful new player in Shell. The petrol-chemical corporation joins BMW, Daimler, Ford, and Volkswagen’s Audi and Porsche in their endeavour under the Ionity label.
Shell wants to add fast-charging to 80 pit stops on European highways in ten European countries by 2019 and is not the only gas station provider to do so. Ionity also entertains strategic partnerships with Tank & Rast, OMV, and Circle K and is thus on course to expand into 18 European countries. Altogether, the four pit stop operators account for more than half of all 400 DC charging stops scheduled for installation by 2020.