These days the range of your average EV isn't exactly terrible. Some of them can go for hundreds of miles before they need to be recharged, after all. But that doesn't mean we don't need charging points dotted around the place, and for some people the perceived lack of options puts them off an electric vehicle. Luckily there are plans to build more, and Shell has just revealed some of its own.
The company, which deals in fossil fuels that are just lovely for the planet, has announced it will be building a further 80 EV charging points across Europe. It's being done in partnership with IONITY (which itself includes BMW, Audi, Porsche, Daimler, Ford, and Volkswagen), with plans to install the charging stations on motorways throughput the continent. Countries that will get them include the UK, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, the Netherlands Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
Using IONITY's technology, the charging stations will be able to recharge cars with a charging capacity up to 350 kilowatts in five to eight minutes. Which is good, since it gives you time to wander into a service station coffee shop, pay far too much for a sandwich, eat said sandwich, then wonder why you didn't bring one from home.
Shell's plan is to install them all by 2019, and IONITY itself has plans to build 400 EV charging stations across Europe by 2020.
80 might not seem like a lot, seeing as how there are over 13,000 petrol stations in the UK alone, this (plus 20 charging stations being installed in Germany) means around a quarter of Shell's European motorway petrol stations will have EV charging capabilities. [Reuters via Engadget]
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