After Berlin took over charging infrastructure expert Ubitricity, Shell has now announced that it plans to install 50,000 Ubitricity charging points in Great Britain by 2025. For this, the team also wants to accept a portion of the costs.
About 3,600 Ubitricity chargers are currently installed there. To achieve the 50,000 mark by 2025, Shell wants to help local authorities with a funding offer, according to the company announcement. The aim is to install Ubitricity On Street Chargers at zero cost in cities across the UK.
But that doesn’t mean the shell pays the charging points in full, in practice it only lasts a quarter. The UK Government Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) currently accepts 75 per cent of the cost of installing street chargers through the On-Street Residential Charging Program (ORCS). “For local officials who want to set up Ubitricity charging stations, Shell is willing to pay the remaining costs according to business circumstances,” the oil company said.
Shell also cites figures showing that 60 percent of homes in British cities and metropolitan areas do not have their own parking lot – so be sure to park on the side of the road and charge a fee. “Accelerating the pace of electric vehicle charger installation in the UK is essential and this targeted financial offer should help achieve this,” said David Punch, President of Shell UK. “We want to provide EV charging that is accessible to drivers across the UK, at home, at work or on the go, so more drivers can switch to electricity.”
According to Shell, the government accepts 75 percent of the cost, but Transport Minister Rachel McLean supports the company’s offer. “This is a great example of how government-backed private investment is being used to ensure that our EV infrastructure is sustainable as more people switch to electricity,” McLean said.
Ubitricity was the acquisition shell This January Announced and completed in February. In the same month The energy company also announced that it intends to expand its number of charging points from 60,000 to 500,000 by 2050. In April The target of 5,000 charging stations for Great Britain is still mentioned – now that number is much higher with the Ubitricity offer.
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