The oil giant follows the recent opening of the first cargo points in the United Kingdom with a new plan to implement ultra-fast cargo stations throughout Europe
Shell has intensified its growing interest in the rapidly expanding electric vehicle market, with today's announcement to partner with a number of car manufacturers to offer a new fast-charging network across Europe.
Just weeks after the company began deploying EV charging points at 10 service stations in the UK, Shell confirmed that it was working with the IONITY joint venture, which brings together BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen, and aims to install 80 high-speed loading sites in Europe. highways by the end of 2019.
The measure also comes after the announcement of Shell that it has agreed to acquire the Dutch specialist in electric vehicle infrastructure NewMotion, which operates the largest network of charging points in Europe .
IONITY The network will initially focus on Belgium, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. The group has said that it aims to have 400 sites in operation by 2020, since it seeks to address the problem of "anxiety of scope", which is considered one of the main obstacles to the adoption of EV.
Shell said that the technology could give a car with 350 km of autonomy in five to eight minutes, which makes it easier for drivers to travel long distances in electric vehicles.
The movement of the oil giant responds to its projections that the global EV fleet could grow by only one The number of new vehicles currently stands at 10 percent by 2025. Some badysts predict an even faster market penetration as the costs fall and the intervals increase.
News Agency Bloomberg quotes John Abbott, the chief executive of Shell's downline business, as he said recently that the company wants 20 percent of profit margins from fuel sales in its service stations come from vehicles that do not burn diesel or gasoline by 2025.
The news is the latest in a series of high-profile developments the global EV markets this month, as manufacturers rush to deliver a new fleet of electric vehicles with greater ranges, shorter loading times and lower prices.
VW recently announced that it will invest more than 10 billion euros together with local partners to build a range of new electric vehicles and low emission vehicles for the Chinese market, while Ford also announced plans to invest $ 753 million to build small electric cars in China with its local partner Anhui Zotve Automobile.
Meanwhile, Teson Elon Musk unveiled the company's new electric truck with a promise to cut loading times and increase the range for the nascent zero-emission truck sector. And Nikkei reported that Honda Motor is working on plans to deliver electric vehicles capable of being fully recharged in 15 minutes by 2022.