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Shell to install 100,000 UK charging points

Energy major Shell has announced a bold plan to improve the UK’s network of electric vehicle (EV) chargers by installing some 100,000 public charging points by the end of the decade.

Some of the points will be slower charging units installed at on-street locations, such as on lampposts. Some 11,000 sites, however, such as supermarket car parks and petrol station forecourts, will be getting rapid charging facilities. The intention is for 9 out of 10 drivers to be within 10 minutes of one of these rapid chargers.

The UK Country Chair of Shell, David Bunch, said that public charging needs to be accessible to everyone regardless of where they reside, so Shell’s desire is to give drivers who switch to an EV more charging options. He also said:

“This expansion is part of our planned investment of up to £25 billion in UK energy infrastructure over the next decade, 75 per cent of which will be in low and zero carbon projects. This is a huge investment in the UK energy system of the future.”

While Shell traditionally produces and sells fuel for traditional vehicles, it is investing heavily in supporting EVs, including by developing a range of fluids and grease that has been specifically optimised for electrified drivetrains.

The recent announcement builds upon a previous goal for Shell’s wholly owned Ubitricity company to install 50,000 on-street chargers by 2025. Furthermore, the company also expects to install half a million charging points at private locations, such as workplaces and residences.

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