Shell has announced its goal of putting 50,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging points on the streets in the UK over the next four years, with the aim of providing one-third of the network needed to meet national targets. of climate change.
At the start of the year, the energy company acquired ubitricity, one of the main suppliers of street electrical outlets for local communities, with a network of 3,600 chargers for street lights or bollards.
The scarcity of street charging in urban areas has been seen as a major obstacle in the government’s drive to phase out fossil fuel vehicles in favor of electric cars. The sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned from 2030 in the UK.
Shell will appeal to local authorities by offering to cover initial installation costs that are not covered by government subsidies, subject to commercial terms. The government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles currently pays 75% of the cost of installation.
According to a National Audit Office report on reducing carbon emissions from cars, more than 60% of urban households in England do not have off-street parking, with the number rising to 68% for social housing.
UK Shell Chairman David Bunch said: “It is vital to step up the pace of the installation of electric vehicle chargers across the UK and this target and funding offer is designed to help achieve this goal. We want to provide drivers in the UK with accessible charging options for electric vehicles, so that more drivers can switch to electric. “
Transport Minister Rachel Maclean said the announcement was “a prime example of how private investment is being used alongside government support to ensure our EV infrastructure is fit for the future.”
The UK Climate Change Committee Progress Report Parliament in June recommended as a priority that there be 150,000 operational public charging stations in the UK by 2025 to ensure they are widely available across the country.
Shell has targeted global growth from 60,000 charging points today – including in front of gas stations and commercial premises – to around 500,000 by 2025. BP had already stolen a march in the gas industry. electric charging in the UK, after buying Chargemaster in 2018.
The oil company, which has been regularly targeted by climate crisis activists in recent years, has pledged to invest heavily in greener businesses and go net zero by 2050.
This week, Extinction Rebellion activists flocked to the Science Museum in London to protest Shell’s sponsorship of a greenhouse gas exhibition.