Shell stations to introduce electric car charging points to forecourts next
Shell fuel stations could introduce new electric car charging points
alongside its petrol pumps as early as next year, according to information
from a recent FoI request.
You could soon be able to charge your electric car alongside petrol pumps,
as Shell UK is currently working on introducing them to its service stations
as early as next year.
Emails released after a Freedom of Information request from anti-pollution
site DeSmogBlog shows that Shell officials have discussed introducing both
electric chargers and hydrogen fuel pumps.
The emails also show that the fuel giant has asked the UK government how
serious it is about wireless charging roads, which can charge electric cars
without the need to plug it into a charger.
Electric charging points and hydrogen pumps
It marks a radical new departure for the company, which in the past has
largely backed biofuels as a better alternative to petrol and diesel rather
than electricity or hydrogen.
Asked by the Guardian if the emails confirm that Shell is developing
charging points, a spokeswoman said: “We are examining the potential to
introduce electric vehicle charging points across some parts of our UK
retail network from early 2017 onwards.”
It’s not clear how many of Shell’s service stations would get electric
charging points or who will provide the technology, but the move would put
the company into competition with firms like Ecotricity and Tesla.
Radical departure for fuel giant
Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows that
there are around 20,000 electric vehicles on UK roads as of last year, a
number which has slowly but steadily increased.
Lobbyists and policymakers see electric cars as the best way to tackle
pollution and meet climate targets, but a group of MPs warned earlier this
month that the UK is failing to encourage take-up fast enough.
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