Shell has announced that it plans to install 50,000 electric car (EV) charging stations on the road over the next four years in the UK, in a bid to provide the one-third of the network it needs to reach their climate change targets.
Earlier this year, Shell acquired Ubitricity, a supplier of EV charging stations on the road, which has a network of 3600 chargers on lampposts or pillars.
The lack of chargers on city roads is a key obstacle to governments’ efforts to phase out fuel-using cars. The sale of new diesel and petrol cars will be banned from 2030 in the UK.
Shell will attract the local administration by offering to pay the initial costs of the installation that are not covered by state subsidies. Currently, the state agency “Zero Emission Vehicles” covers 75% of the installation cost.
According to a bulletin from the Office of National Audit, more than 60% of households in England do not have off-road parking, with the number rising to 68% for social housing.
Shell’s President in the UK, David Bunch, said: “It is necessary to accelerate our speed in installing EV chargers in the UK and this funding offer is designed to help us do this. We want to give drivers in the UK accessible ev charging options to switch more drivers to electric ones.”
Transport Minister Rachel Maclean said the announcement was “a perfect example of how private investment can be used alongside state aid to make sure our ev infrastructure is enough for the future.”
The Commission on the UK Climate Change Progress Report has proposed that there should be 150,000 public charging stations in operation in the UK by 2025 to ensure that they are available across the country.
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Shell aims to grow globally from the 60,000 charging stations it has now, to 500,000 by 2025.
Shell, which has been targeted many times by climate crisis campaigns in recent years, has promised to invest significantly in “green companies” and reach net zero by 2050.