Oct 18, 2017
Shell opens its first UK electric vehicle charging points
Royal Dutch Shell has opened its first charging points for electric vehicles at UK filling stations in a further sign of the Anglo-Dutch group's diversification beyond fossil fuels. The launch on Wednesday follows Shell's acquisition last week of NewMotion, one of Europe's largest EV charging companies with 30,000 private home charging points and 50,000 public sites. As well as building an EV-charging business, Shell has also moved into wind and solar power generation, electricity trading, and, from next year, consumer power supplies direct to business customers in the UK. The EV charging service - branded as "Shell Recharge" - will initially be available at three sites in London, Surrey and Derby with seven further locations within Greater London and Reading due to open by the end of the year and more planned in 2018. Jane Lindsay-Green, manager of future fuels for Shell in the UK, said the launch of Shell Recharge together with the acquisition of NewMotion meant the company would be able to provide charging points at a range of locations to suit different customer needs. Shell already offers EV charging provided by third parties at some filling stations in Norway but the UK locations are the first provided direct by the company.
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