Shell is looking for automaker partners in EV charging expansion

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Shell is open to partnerships with automakers to broaden electrical vehicle (EV) charging past its petrol stations, one of the oil major’s executives stated on Friday.

As part of initiatives to compete with rival BP in the expanding EV sector, Shell recently bought U.S. battery charger supplier Greenlots – a supplier for Volvo and Volkswagen’s U.S. subsidiary in addition to utilities and residential sites – for an undisclosed amount.

“We acknowledge that the consumers are not just necessarily going to go to recharge just at retail sites, they’re going to want to charge at work and home, so we’re relocating right into this space,” the executive vice head of state for Shell’s New Energies operation, Mark Gainsborough, informed Reuters.

Shell made its first foray into electric mobility in 2017 by acquiring NewMotion, the owner of one of Europe’s biggest EV billing networks, as well as safeguarding a supply deal the IONITY joint venture between BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen.

The International Energy Agency approximates that the amount of electric cars on the road will certainly boost to 125 million by 2030, improving demand for chargers. There were virtually 3 million private chargers at homes and workplaces as well as about 430,000 public battery chargers in 2017, it states.

Oil companies are growing increasingly aware of the potential threats to parts of their downstream business from the electrification of transport and Shell expects about a quarter of the world’s automobile fleet to be electric by 2040.

Gainsborough stated that EV charging is still a “small” market possibility and also it was spending less in the area than in a some other new-energy solutions including renewable power generation.

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