Shell has announced an ambitious target of 50,000 on-street electric vehicle (EV) charge posts installed across the UK by the end of 2025.
The roll out will be through German charging technology developer ubitricity, which Shell acquired in February.
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Around 3,600 ubitricity chargers are already in place in the UK, using existing street infrastructure such as lamp posts and bollards. In order to drive take-up to reach the 50,000 figure, Shell will support local authorities with a financing offer to install more ubitricity on-street chargers in towns and cities across the UK at potentially zero cost.
The 5.3kW Ubitricity chargers are designed to fit into the form factor of lampposts, with a simple QR code on the post to manage the charging and billing.
The UK government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) currently meets 75 percent of the cost of installing on-street chargers through the On-Street Residential Charging Scheme (ORCS). For local authorities looking to install Ubitricity charge posts, Shell says it is prepared to cover the remaining costs, subject to commercial terms.
However this is only a third of the 150,000 charge points recommended by the UK Committee for Climate Change 2025.
Nearly two thirds of UK households in English cities and urban areas do not have off-street parking which makes on-street charging vital for the use of EVs, especially after petrol and diesel vehicles are banned from sale in 2035.
“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.”
Globally, Shell wants to grow its electric vehicle network from more than 60,000 charge points today to around 500,000 by 2025.
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