Oil and gas group Shell wants to increase the number of charging stations for electric cars in the United Kingdom tenfold in the coming years. The expansion of the charging infrastructure is part of a broader investment plan for cleaner energy sources.
By 2030, there should be 100,000 charging points in the United Kingdom, according to Shell. By 2025, the current number of more than 5,000 public charging stations should be expanded to 50,000. The number of fast chargers must also grow at a rapid pace. The company wants to invest 25 billion pounds in British energy systems. Three-quarters of this focus on cleaner technologies, according to Shell. The rest concerns oil and gas projects in the North Sea.
Shell recently expanded its electric vehicle charging infrastructure business with the acquisition of Ubitricity and aims to have a global network of 2.5 million charging points by 2030.
Shell’s announcement follows a recent commitment by the UK government to increase the number of public charging stations to 300,000 by the end of the decade. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government wants to phase out petrol and diesel cars. By 2030, the sale of new cars with an internal combustion engine should be banned.