Shell garages to install electric charging points

13th September 2016 | Commercial Energy

It is possible that in 2017, Shell garages will install electric charging points alongside petrol pumps at their UK service stations. Shell confirmed this from emails between the company and government officials and they have also asked the Government how serious it is about wireless charging roads, which cold top up an electric car without the need to plug in.

This diversification into battery-powered cars would mark a new departure for the company which has backed biofuels as a greener alternative to petrol and diesel in the past.

A Shell employee on secondment from the Department for Business suggests that electric cars are being held back by a lack of public charging points, and the short range, which is typically around 100 miles for many models.

Shell will be in competition with companies such as Chargemaster, Ecotricity and Tesla which have all been building networks of charging points in the UK, of which there are more than 12,000 at present.

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, there were 20,000 100% electric vehicles on the road at the end of 2015: new car sales in 2015, were 2.6 million.

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