Shell powers ahead with fastest electric vehicle charging in Europe
November 27, 2017
Shell has signed an agreement with high-powered charging network operator
IONITY to offer charge points across ten European countries starting with 80
of its biggest highway stations, allowing drivers to travel long distances
with confidence for the first time.
The high-powered chargers will take five to eight minutes on average to
charge next generation electric vehicles, making them up to three times
faster than any other charger currently available to drivers.
IONITY is a joint venture between BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company
and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche, which was formed to create a
network of 350-kilowatt chargers next to major highways in Europe.
“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,” István Kapitány, Shell’s Global Executive Vice
President of Retail, said. “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 agreement is part of Shell’s global drive to provide more and cleaner
energy solutions. Following our recent agreement to buy NewMotion, one of
Europe’s largest charging providers, and the launch of Shell Recharge fast
chargers at selected Shell forecourts in the UK, we are increasingly
offering reliable charging solutions for electric vehicle customers –
whether they are at home, at work or on the road.
This is because Shell believes more people will choose to drive electric
vehicles if they can access a range of reliable and convenient charging
solutions, when and where they will need them.
Electric vehicle charging solutions is just one of the ways that Shell is
aiming to deliver more and cleaner energy to its 30 million daily retail
customers. We are also working to enhance efficiency of traditional fuels,
and supporting the development of low-emission transport fuels such as
hydrogen, biofuels and natural gas.
“IONITY and Shell share a common goal: to enable convenient long-distance
travel with electric vehicles across Europe by providing reliable
fast-charging infrastructure,” Dr. Michael Hajesch IONITY’s Chief Executive
said. “Joining forces means combining Shell’s long history and experience in
retail with our state-of-the-art technology for fast charging. It will
significantly increase the customer satisfaction of EV drivers.”
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