Shell to debut subscription-free EV rapid charging service in UK

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Shell has announced the opening of a new on-forecourt Electric Vehicle (EV) rapid charging service called Shell Recharge.

Shell Recharge opens at forecourts

Shell Recharge opens at forecourts

Following the agreement to buy EV charging provider NewMotion, Shell has announced the opening of Shell Recharge – on-forecourt EV rapid charging service, marking a new ‘fuel’ supply by the petrol and diesel supplier.

Initially, Shell Recharge will be available in the United Kingdom at Shell Holloway (London), Shell Whyteleafe (Surrey) and Shell Derby. In addition, by the end of 2017, Shell Recharge will be operational at Shell Addlestone (Surrey), Shell Blendon (Kent), Shell Burgh Heath (Surrey), Shell Fairfield (Reading), Shell Ickenham (London), Shell Stirling Corner (Hertfordshire) and Shell West Drayton (London).

Shell already operates 35 (non branded) charge points at sites in Norway, but the company has confirmed Shell Recharge will next launch in the Netherlands.

Shell Recharge rapids can recharge most cars in approximately 30-minutes and the network does not require a subscription to join or require customers to remain in their vehicle. The charge points are tri-standard, offering CHAdeMO (50kW) and CCS (50kW) DC charging alongside AC rapid charging (43kW). The operation of the charge points will be managed in partnership with Allego – a company that provides an international network of 6,000 AC and DC charging sockets.

In the UK, customers will pay for Shell Recharge using a mobile payment system via the Smoov app, Shell said, and there is no subscription or connection fee. Instead, customers are charged per kW unit. Until the 31st of June 2018, Shell is offering an introductory offer of 25p per kWh vs. the normal price of 49p per kWh thereafter.

Jane Lindsay-Green, Shell UK future fuels manager, said: “Shell Recharge will soon be available at ten sites in the UK and will offer EV drivers in these areas a reliable, convenient and subscription-free charging service where they can charge their vehicle and take a break from their journey.”

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Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.