Shell has joined forces with car manufacturing giants to offer high-speed charging points for electric vehicles across Europe.
It has signed an agreement with IONITY, a joint venture between BMW Group, Daimler, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche, which was formed to create a network of 350kW chargers next to major highways.
They will provide EV chargers at 80 of Shell’s biggest roadside fuel stations, initially focusing on 10 countries: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and the UK.
The charging points will take five to eight minutes on average to charge EVs – up to three times faster than any charger currently available.
The news comes after Shell’s announcement it is buying Dutch EV infrastructure firm NewMotion, which operates Europe’s largest charging point network.
István Kapitány, Shell’s Global Executive Vice President of Retail said: “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.”