New chargers up to three times faster than other chargers
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.
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.
This agreement is part of Shell’s global drive to provide more and cleaner energy solutions. It follows the company’s recent acquisition of NewMotion, one of Europe’s largest charging providers, and the launch of Shell Recharge fast chargers at selected Shell forecourts in the UK.
The IONITY agreement 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,” said István Kapitány, Shell’s global executive vice president of retail.
“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 ten European countries,” he added.
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.
In addition to its electric charging, Shell is supporting the development of low-emission transport fuels such as hydrogen, biofuels and natural gas.
Dr. Michael Hajesch IONITY’s chief executive said: “IONITY and Shell share a common goal: to enable convenient long-distance travel with electric vehicles across Europe by providing reliable fast-charging infrastructure.
“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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