Shell to install 50,000 Ubitricity chargers in the UK

Shell to install 50,000 Ubitricity chargers in the UK

Following the acquisition of Berlin-based charging infrastructure specialist Ubitricity, Shell has now announced its intention to install 50,000 Ubitricity charging points in the UK by 2025, for which the group also intends to assume part of the costs.

Around 3,600 Ubitricity chargers are currently installed there, and to reach the 50,000 mark by 2025, Shell plans to support local authorities with a funding offer, according to a statement from the group, which will see "Ubitricity on-street chargers installed in towns and cities across the UK at potentially zero cost".

But that doesn't mean Shell will pay for the charging points in full, in practice it will only be around a quarter. The UK government's Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) currently pays 75 per cent of the cost of installing on-street chargers through the On-Street Residential Charging Scheme (ORCS). "For local authorities wishing to install Ubitricity charging stations, Shell is prepared to pay the remaining costs in accordance with commercial terms," the oil company said.

Shell also cites statistics that show 60 per cent of households in UK cities and towns do not have dedicated parking spaces - and so have to park and charge at the side of the road. "It's vital to accelerate the pace of electric vehicle charging installation in the UK, and this target and funding offer are designed to help achieve that," said David Bunch, Shell's UK Country Chair. "Whether at home, at work or on the move, we want to provide accessible electric vehicle charging options for drivers across the UK so more drivers can switch to electric."