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Shell Teams Up With Carmakers To Build Huge EV Charging Network

Shell has partnered with a consortium involving some of Europe’s largest carmakers to build a network of EV fast-charging stations across the continent. Initially, the charging stations will be installed at 80 highway Shell sites, beginning in 2019. Drivers of latest-generation electric cars will be able to charge in as low as five to ten minutes.

The move is part of Shell’s switch to new revenue sources and follows its acquisition of Europe’s largest EV charging network NewMotion. The company has more than 30,000 private home charging points and 50,000 public charging sites.

Just a few days after the acquisition was announced, Shell said it will be launching its own fast-charging points at three Shell-branded fuel stations in the UK. The Shell Recharge points, however, take a bit longer to charge—about half an hour.

The carmakers consortium, dubbed Ionity, involves Daimler, Volkswagen, BMW, Ford, Porsche, and Audi. Its stated purpose is to build a fast-charging EV network across Europe, to reach 400 locations by 2020. This year, the consortium will build 20 such points with a charging capacity of up to 350 kW ensuring the fast charging times, and compatible with “current and future generations of electric vehicles,” thanks to its Combined Charging System. Related: Citi: Prepare For An OPEC Disappointment

The new partnership is the latest indication that regardless of skeptics’ warnings that EVs have yet to take off and it will be years before they make any palpable difference in oil demand. Even oil major Shell, according to Reuters, expects the portion of electric cars to rise from today’s 1 percent to a tenth by 2025, removing oil demand to the tune of 800,000 bpd.

At the moment, there are 120,000 EV charging points in Europe, a triple increase from 2014. The founders of Ionity all have an EV pipeline and ambitious goals. Volkswagen alone plans to spend more than US$23 billion on EVs and batteries by 2035. Daimler is allocating US$11.8 billion to EV and battery development. Ford is planning to release 13 EV models over the next five years.

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  • Tom on November 27 2017 said:
    Finally, an Oil Company with a Brain!

    Thank You Shell, for being Customer Focused!
  • Philip C Branton on November 27 2017 said:
    This is still centralized energy control instead of decentralized.
  • CashMcCall on November 27 2017 said:
    Conveniently omitted is who will pay for this absurd nonsense... You will. The Taxpayers will get stuck paying for this insanity just like you have to subsidize these insane electric cars with batteries that endanger everyone's life.

    This is more foie gras political policy of picking winners. Electric vehicles work at the golf course but are impractical and anyone with a degree in physics will gladly layout for you the folly of present day batteries that have not improved in one hundred years.

    Electric cars are just a scheme of companies to suck in Taxpayer dollars. Don't think for a minute that Tesla could exist without sucking on the tax credit scheme. This is nothing more than just another government scam to support crony business just like Ethanol which is nothing but a filthy gov scam to enrich corporate farmers at the expense of Taxpayers. It is all cronyism and nothing more.
  • Marcus Rönningås on December 01 2017 said:
    @CashMcCall; I got an M.Sc. in electrical engineering so call me biased.

    However, we got our first EV this summer, and the TCO is better then an similar ICE and the simplicity is great: We wake up with a "full tank" - every morning !

    I recently fueled our XC90 and that single tank of gas costed 4 times more than ALL the electricity we used since we got the EV.

    And we don't live at a golf course - it's Sundsvall/Sweden so we have full winter now. And the EV is still great.
  • Cedric on December 03 2017 said:
    @Tom It makes sense though. This is the case because of green activists under the name of "Follow This" bought their share in Shell. Any joint-stock company has to listen to its shareholders so now they have to listen to these green people. The result is that Shell has to bet on several horses now. This means it will be likely they're going to be one of the few oil giants that's going to survive in the future.
  • Jackie Cox on December 21 2017 said:
    It's amazing these guys are banking on technology that ignores hydrogen fuel cell technology without spending the R&D on hydrogen from water speciation system to provide hydrogen gas for combustion engines.

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