The Future is Electric

07.12.17

With the UK and French governments both declaring their intention to ban sales of all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040, and manufacturer Volvo announcing that all their cars from 2019 will be electric, it’s clear that there is a significant revolution in the automotive industry under way, and that the demise of the internal combustion engine is accelerating. 

Addressing this fundamental shift in the market, Shell, the world’s largest fuels retailer, with over 43,000 service stations worldwide, and 5 million UK customers per day, has decided to respond and pivot, by becoming the first fuels retailer to offer EV (Electric Vehicle) charging on its forecourts.

The service, Shell Recharge, is being piloted at around 10 sites in London and SE England, and includes rapid 50kW DC chargers, compatible with most Electric Vehicles, and capable of charging in approximately 30 minutes.  Leading future energy opinion-leader, Robert Llewelyn, showcases the new service in his YouTube series, “Fully Charged”.  Filmed at Shell’s Holloway Road service station, and featuring Jane Lindsay-Green, Future Fuels Manager at Shell UK, this fascinating video discusses the future of energy and transport, as well as the detail of how EVs work, costs and usability, and Shell’s longer term plans for more installations.

Kinneir Dufort are delighted to have supported Shell in developing the design and service offer of these pioneering charging stations, helping lead the way in designing a better and more sustainable world.