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Shell joins automakers on European electric vehicle fast-charging network

ABR Staff Writer Published 28 November 2017

Shell has agreed a joint venture with a coalition of automakers to offer electric vehicle charging points at its petrol stations in Europe.

The deal with IONITY, a joint venture between Ford Motor, Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen, intends to offer charging points across ten European countries.

Shell will host 80 charging stations by 2019 which will be spread out across Europe, with locations in Austria, Belgium, Britain, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia. 

The IONITY partners expect to build a total of 400 stations by 2020.

IONITY claims that that automakers’ partnership has led to the development of the most high-powered fast charging network for electric vehicles across the continent.

The partnership of IONITY with Shell, OMV, Tank & Rast and Circle K is expected to enter into exploration and realisation phase in 18 European countries.

The charging capacity at the stations is expected to be 350kW and this could significantly reduce waiting time for customers.

Shell retail executive vice president István Kapitány said: “Customers want to be able to travel long distances in electric vehicles – with the knowledge that there is a reliable, convenient means of charging their vehicles.

“The site partner in Germany is Autobahn Tank & Rast, which operates around 360 petrol stations and 400 service stations, including approximately 50 hotels, within the German motorway network.

IONITY is also working with OMV, an Austrian company to roll-out of a fast charging infrastructure in countries including Austria, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

It has partnered with Circle K to install charging infrastructure in Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden.

IONITY chief operating officer Marcus Groll said: “The agreements with these prestigious partners constitute an important initial milestone in our relatively short company history. So in the future, we will be able to offer a large number of fast charging stations at attractive sites along major roads in Europe.”

Image: Shell partners with automakers on EV charging network. Photo: Courtesy of AntonioMartin/Wikipedia.org.