Shell has outlined plans to install 100,000 electric vehicle charging points by 2030.
In doing so, it would mean that 90 per cent of drivers would be within a 10-minute drive of a Shell rapid charger. Of these chargers, 11,000 will be rapid units located at areas such as charging hubs, forecourts and supermarkets.
The remaining new chargers will be slower chargers positioned in on-street locations such as within lampposts. These will be able to provide charge to EVs over longer periods.
Grant Shapps, UK Secretary of State for Transport, said: “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. 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.
“This step forward supports the Government’s recently published £1.6billion Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy where we committed to making the charging network more affordable and accessible and I hope this news encourages more motorists to take the step towards zero-emission driving.”
In addition to the public charge points, Shell aims to have 500,000 chargers installed at private locations such as at homes and workplaces by 2030. These fresh pledges build on top of Shell’s announcement in September 2021 that it would be installing 50,000 on-street chargers by 2025 through Shell-owned Ubitricity.
David Bunch, Shell UK Country Chair, said: “Whether at home, at work or on the go, we want to give drivers charging options so that more can switch to an EV. Access to public charging needs to be made available to everyone, no matter where you live.
“This expansion is part of our planned investment of up to £25 billion in UK energy infrastructure over the next decade, 75% of which will be in low and zero carbon projects. This is a huge investment in the UK energy system of the future.”