Shell’s New Power Stations Recharge Electric Vehicles In As Little As Five Minutes

Shell’s New Power Stations Recharge Electric Vehicles In As Little As Five Minutes
Automotive

The stations, part of a joint venture with several different car manufactures, will be launching across 10 European countries

Matt Vitone
  • 1 december 2017

Driving an electric car in Europe could become a whole lot easier thanks to a new initiative from Royal Dutch Shell. Looking to get ahead of the transition from petrol to electric-powered vehicles, the oil and gas company announced this week that it will launch electric car recharging stations in at least 10 European countries.

Representing a major leap in technology, the stations will feature high-powered 350-kilowatt chargers that Shell claims take only five to eight minutes on average to charge, supporting both current and next generation electric vehicles. These chargers are up to three times faster than any other charger currently available on the market, and tackle one of the biggest issues with modern electric vehiclesthat they take too long to charge.

The charging stations are part of an agreement between Shell and IONITY, a joint venture by BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen launched earlier this year to create a network of 350-kilowatt chargers next to major highways in Europe. IONITY’s network will grow to 400 stations by 2020, including 20 by the end of this year. Shell, for its part, has committed to transition 80 of its largest European petrol stations into mixed-use refueling stations for both gas-powered and electric vehicles. On average, six IONITY-Shell co-branded charge posts will be available at each Shell Station, around 500 in total.

“Customers want to go on long journeys in their electric vehicles and feel confident that there are reliable, comfortable and convenient places to charge them quickly,” said István Kapitány, Shell’s Global Executive Vice President of Retail, in a press statement. “Demand for electric vehicle charging on Europe’s major highways is set to grow rapidly. We are pre-empting drivers’ need to charge quickly by becoming one of IONITY’s major partners, giving customers access to the fastest charge points across 10 European countries.”

The stations are part of a larger effort by Shell, also announced this week, to cut its net carbon footprint by half by 2050, and by 20 percent by 2035. This marks an unprecedented break from tradition within the oil and gas industry, which has been slow to acknowledge its role in climate change. But as the price of electric cars continues to come down and more consumers are seriously considering switching over, energy companies are for the first time faced with the potential for declining profits.

Now, Shell has said it will commit to reviewing its climate strategy every five years to ensure that the company is progressing in line with the carbon footprint reduction goals required by the Paris agreement, not only in regards to emissions from its operations, but also from the consumption of its products by consumers. The Shell-IONITY network in Europe represents an effort similar to that of Tesla in the U.S., which currently has a network of roughly 1,000 chargers, although they are less powerful than Shell’s. While electric power stations have traditionally been located across major highways, Tesla announced earlier this year that it is testing the technology in urban centers like Chicago and Boston.

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Driving an electric car in Europe could become a whole lot easier thanks to a new initiative from Royal Dutch Shell. Looking to get ahead of the transition from petrol to electric-powered vehicles, the oil and gas company announced this week that it will launch electric car recharging stations in at least 10 European countries.

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