Latest in Gear

Image credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images

Shell will build 80 high-power EV charging stations across Europe

The push is in partnership with IONITY.
463 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Bloomberg via Getty Images

This year, Royal Dutch Shell has put more of a focus on EVs, adding charging stations to a handful of its UK gas stations and acquiring NewMotion -- a Netherlands-based company with 30,000 charging points to its name. Now, as Reuters reports, Shell has committed to building 80 high-power charging stations throughout Europe by 2019.

The plan is in partnership with IONITY -- an EV-focused venture between BMW, Daimler, Ford, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche that was announced earlier this month. IONITY aims to launch 400 high-power charging stations across Europe by 2020.

For EVs that can handle a 350 kW charging rate, the high-power stations will be able to charge them in just five to eight minutes. Some of the major concerns that limit both how many people buy EVs and how far they're willing to travel with them are long charging times, too few charging stations and battery limitations. Shell and IONITY's charging station expansion begins to address those first two issues. As for the last one, carmakers like Porsche and Honda already have vehicles in the works that can take advantage of these high-power charging stations.

Shell's 80 stations will be built in Belgium, the UK, France, the Netherlands, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
463 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget’s guide to Home Entertainment

Engadget’s guide to Home Entertainment

View
Sling TV's free streaming comes to Android and Amazon devices

Sling TV's free streaming comes to Android and Amazon devices

View
Walmart will take on Amazon with discounted third-party products

Walmart will take on Amazon with discounted third-party products

View
Hulu brings 4K content to the Xbox One

Hulu brings 4K content to the Xbox One

View
What's on TV this week: 'Watchmen'

What's on TV this week: 'Watchmen'

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr