British oil giant, Shell, has announced plans to deploy 100,000 charging points in the UK by 2030. This plan comes as an extension of the plan announced in September 2021 in which the company set an objective of the installation of 50,000 AC charging points by 2025 in UK via a partnership with British CPO, Ubitricity. Shell has also announced that 11,000 of the planned charging points will be fast chargers which will be located at charging hubs, forecourts, supermarkets and other destinations. This, according to Shell, would mean that 90% of all UK drivers will be within a 10-minute drive of a rapid charger. The remaining 39,000 AC chargers are expected to installed between 2026 and 2030 and will also be “on-street charging stations integrated into the road infrastructure, such as lampposts”. In addition to the public charge points, Shell also intends on installing EV chargers at private locations, such as homes and workplaces. The company estimates that by the end of 2030 they could potentially have installed 500,000 such chargers. Globally, Shell aims to operate 500,000 charging point by 2025 and 2.5 million charge points by 2030 as part of a broader target to be a net zero emissions energy business by 2050.
As far as the manufacturers for these chargers are concerned, Shell has not divulged any particular names for this project other than Ubitricity but in recent months ABB signed a new global framework agreement with Shell to supply its complete portfolio of AC and DC charging stations. The products would range from the AC wallbox for homes, businesses and retail to the Terra 360 HPC charging point. In December 2021, a deal with the Australian manufacturer Tritium was announced, and in February this year, Shell also concluded a global framework agreement with the Taiwanese charging station manufacturer Phihong Technology. The exact number of charge points to be installed under these agreements has not yet been disclosed but it does give some indication of the kind of chargers that can be expected from Shell’s announced projects.
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