The comments follow a slew of emails, retrieved by DeSmogBlog through a Freedom of Information request, between Shell and the British government. During these exchanges, the company asks about range anxiety and its relationship with the UK's charging infrastructure. In one email, an employee mentions: "I have been asked whether Shell will need an electricity supply license if we are to provide a service to customers to charge their electric cars." Which would, of course, seem to indicate that the company is quite interested in offering its own EV chargers.
EV adoption is a chicken and egg problem. Without drivers, it's difficult to make money from a UK charging network. Similarly, without chargers, it's hard to persuade people to choose an electric car over a traditional gas guzzler. Tesla has its own Supercharger network which, while useful and growing, still covers a relatively small part of the island nation. A few other companies, such as Ecotricity and Chargemaster, are working to fill the gaps and drivers can, of course, plug in whenever they get home. If Shell garages were to offer EV charging, however, it would boost the viability of electric car ownership massively. Fingers crossed it actually happens.