Shell has opened its first UK electric vehicle charging hub in Fulham, London, where petrol and diesel pumps at an existing fuel station have been replaced with ultra-rapid charge points.
A global pilot, this is the first time the company has converted one of its existing sites to cater solely for EVs.
Shell Fulham features nine high-powered, ultra-rapid 175kW charge points which can charge most vehicles from 0 to 80% in 10 minutes – three times faster than more widely used 50kW rapid chargers.
The design includes a timber canopy with built-in solar panels, and roof and shop windows that employ double glazing with high insulating properties.
It includes a comfortable seating area, free Wi-Fi, a Costa Coffee cafe and an extensive Little Waitrose & Partners.
Like all Shell’s EV chargers in the UK, including those at over 100 Shell forecourts, the chargers at Shell Fulham run on 100% certified renewable electricity.
Shell has previously stated its ambition to install 50,000 on-street chargers in the UK by 2025 through Shell-owned company ubitricity.
In July 2021 the firm announced that up to 800 Shell electric vehicle charging points would be installed in as many as 100 Waitrose sites across the UK by 2025.
István Kapitány, Shell’s global executive vice president for Mobility said, “EV drivers are looking for a charging experience that is as fast, convenient and comfortable as possible.
“This is exactly what Shell Fulham aims to offer. It joins our growing network of Shell Recharge sites at forecourts and other locations, our ubitricity on-street charging network, and our Shell Recharge Solutions for homes and businesses as we increasingly help EV drivers to charge wherever they need it.
“It also gives us all a glimpse into the future of mobility.”