Shell has announced that it will install a total of 100,000 public charging points for electric cars in the UK by 2030, 11,000 of which will be fast chargers. The latter are to be installed at petrol stations, among other places, but also in supermarket car parks.
Shell UK calculates that with the targeted expansion by 2030, 90 per cent of British drivers could reach a Shell fast-charging point within a ten-minute drive. However, this also means that 89,000 charging points will be AC chargers.
More than half of the AC chargers should already be in place by 2025. In September 2021, Shell said it would install 50,000 Ubitricity charging points in the UK by 2025. The other 39,000 AC chargers to be built between 2026 and 2030 will also be “on-street charging stations integrated into the road infrastructure, such as lampposts”.
In addition to public charging points, Shell also plans to continue installing charging infrastructure at locations such as homes and workplaces. Shell estimates that half a million such chargers could be installed by the end of 2030.
“Whether at home, at work or on the road, we want to provide charging options for drivers so more can switch to an electric vehicle,” says David Bunch, Shell UK Country Chair. “Access to public charging points must be made available to all, regardless of where they live.”
UK Transport Minister Grant Shapps said of the deal: “The UK’s network of electric vehicle chargepoints is rapidly growing and we’re making it easier than ever for drivers to join the green transport revolution,” he said. “It’s crucial that Government and industry join forces on this transition and Shell’s announcement today will provide a huge boost for drivers, making charging quick and convenient no matter where they are in the UK.”
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