Shell opens its first dedicated EV charging hub in the world at Fulham fuel station.
It replaced petrol and diesel pumps with 175kWh ultra-rapid devices that provides 80% charge in 10 mins.
It costs 49p per kWh to charge up with the hub powered by 100% renewable energy.
Last year, Shell announced plans to install 50,000 on-street chargers by 2025.
It aims to put 800 EV points in car parks at around 100 branches of Waitrose in the next three years.
Oil giant Shell has converted one of its petrol station in West London into a electric vehicle charging hub that features ‘high-powered’ ultra-rapid chargers as well as ample of facilities to allow customers to relax while they wait for their EV to charge.
The new electric vehicle charging hub was officially opened this week, as part of move to meet the charging needs of electric vehicle drivers in the United Kingdom.
István Kapitány, Shell’s global executive vice president for mobility, said:
“EV drivers are looking for a charging experience that is as fast, convenient and comfortable as possible. This is exactly what Shell Fulham aims to offer.”
“We have plans to grow our EV charging network to over 5,000 charge points, and part of this development is the opening our first EV hub in the UK.”
Shell stripped the site entirely of its petrol and diesel pumps and replaced them with 9 high powered, 175-kW charge points which can charge EV dead batteries to 80 per cent capacity in just 10 minutes.
The cost to charge a vehicle at the new the EV infrastructure at Fulham, central London, is 49p per kWh. EV drivers are restricted to a maximum one hour stay to ensure there is a good level of device availability.
Customers will also be able to enjoy a cup of their favourite crafted coffee, grab a snack, pick up dinner or stock up on essentials and enjoy free Wi-Fi while they wait for their EV to charge.
Shell currently has EV charging facilities at over 100 of its petrol and diesel stations across the country, though the Fulham location is the first to be exclusive to electric car owners.
“It joins our growing network of Shell Recharge sites at forecourts and other locations, our Ubitricity on-street charging network, and our Shell Recharge Solutions for homes and businesses as we increasingly help EV drivers to charge wherever they need it. It also gives us all a glimpse into the future of mobility.”
Shell says the devices are exclusively pay-as-you-go with no connection charges or subscription costs, and customers can use contactless payments.
Last year, Shell announced plans to install 50,000 on-street chargers by 2025 through its subsidiary Ubitricity. It aims to put 800 EV points in car parks at around 100 branches of Waitrose in the next three years.
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