Shell Commits To 50,000 On-Street EV Chargers

Tue 31st Aug 2021

One of the world’s leading commercial fuel suppliers has made a bold commitment to supply 50,000 on-street electric vehicle charge posts in the UK by 2025.

Shell, who will have to diversify their operations if they are to survive beyond the UK government’s 2030 internal combustion ban, have pledged to cover 25 per cent of the cost of on-street chargers through the On-Street Residential Charging Scheme. The scheme sees local authorities installing ubitricity chargers in towns and cities through the UK government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, which meets 75 per cent of the installation costs.

Recent figures suggest that more than 60 per cent of households in English cities do not have off-street parking, rising to 68 per cent in social housing areas.

“It’s vital to speed up the pace of EV charger installation across the UK and this aim and financing offer is designed to help achieve that,” said David Bunch, Shell’s UK Country Chair. “Whether at home, at work or on-the-go, we want to give drivers across the UK accessible EV charging options, so that more drivers can switch to electric.”

The UK Committee for Climate Change has recommended that the UK needs 150,000 public charging points by 2025 to meet demand as more and more consumers switch to electric vehicles.

Transport Minister Rachel Maclean added: “Together with industry and local authorities, we can create cleaner, greener local communities – providing EV chargepoints for people without off-street parking across the country.

As more and more people make the switch to electric, this is a great example of how private investment is being used alongside Government support to ensure that our EV infrastructure is fit for the future. This is crucial as we build back greener and accelerate towards COP26.”

Shell bought German charging company Ubitricity earlier this year and with 3,600 charging points currenty has a market share of 14 per cent. Shell aims to be a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050.