As part of a global pilot, Shell, the multinational oil and gas company, has opened its first EV charging hub in the UK, replacing petrol and fuel pumps at an existing fuel station in Fulham, London with rapid charge points.
While Shell presently has 119 Shell Recharge electric vehicle charging points on its forecourts in the UK and has plans to grow its EV charging network to over 5,000 EV charge points on forecourts and in new locations by 2025, this is the first time the company has converted one of its existing sites to cater solely for electric vehicles. István Kapitány, Shell’s Global Executive Vice President for Mobility said that the pilot hub “gives us all a glimpse into the future of mobility,” noting that “EV drivers are looking for a charging experience that is as fast, convenient and comfortable as possible.”
The south-west London facility features nine high-powered, ultra-rapid 175kW charge points contained within a sustainable design including a timber canopy with built-in solar panels, and roof and shop windows that employ double glazing with high insulating properties. The hub includes a comfortable seating area, free Wi-Fi, a Costa Coffee cafe and an extensive Little Waitrose & Partners, while the chargers at Shell Fulham run on 100% certified renewable electricity.