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Shell teams up with car-makers to offer EV charging

Mark Moran
05 December 2017

Oil company Shell has signed an agreement with electric vehicle charging network operator Ionity to offer high-power points across ten European countries. 

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.

The partnership will start by equipping 80 of Shell’s biggest highway stations, a move designed to give EV drivers confidence to travel long distances. 

The high-powered chargers will take five to eight minutes on average to charge next generation electric vehicles.

Shell is partnering with Ionity in the UK, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

On average six Ionity-Shell co-branded charge posts will be available at each Shell Station, around 500 in total. The chargers will use the same charging standard required by most electric vehicles in Europe and North America, the Combined Charging System (CCS).

“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 chargepoints across 10 European countries.”

The agreement is part of Shell’s global drive to provide cleaner energy solutions. It recently signed an agreement to buy NewMotion, a European EV charging providers, and launched Shell Recharge fast chargers at selected Shell forecourts in the UK.

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.” 

Ionity is headquartered in Munich and was founded in 2017; it is a joint venture of the BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche. The goal of the joint venture is to build an extensive and reliable High-Power-Charging network (HPC) for electric vehicles in Europe to secure comfortable long-distance travel.

An estimated 400 high-powered charging stations will comprise Ionity´s network to allow long-distance travel in Europe across multiple countries

In August Shell’s BP that it was talking to electric car manufacturers on deals to offer battery recharging docks at its stations.

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