A petrol station in Derbyshire has become one of the first in the country to offer a rapid charging service to electric vehicle drivers.
The Shell station, located off the Toyota Island at the junction of the A38 and the A50, near Willington, is one of just three in the UK to offer Shell Recharge – a new on-forecourt charging service for electric vehicles.
The others are at Shell stations in Holloway, in London and Whyteleafe, in Surrey.
Shell said it had selected Derbyshire as one of the first locations for the rapid charging stations because data shows that the region already has an “established population” of electric vehicle drivers.
The station was also selected because of the range of facilities drivers can use at the Willington station while their vehicle charges up.
Using rapid 50 kilowatt charging points, the firm said that Shell Recharge can charge most cars up from 0% to 80% in about 30 minutes.
In terms of cost, Shell said it would depend on the type of car. But the firm said that as an introductory offer, it will be offering charging at the Willington station at half price – 25p per kilowatt hour – until June 30.
Shell said it would take around 30 minutes to charge a car from 0% to 80% power
The firm added that Derby and the other two UK stations were the first Shell outlets in the world to off the charging technology.
Jane Lindsay-Green, Shell UK future fuels manager, said: “Shell Recharge provides electric vehicle drivers with a convenient way to charge their cars on-the-go.
“We’re pleased to offer rapid electric charging on the forecourt, allowing us to broaden the range of fuel choices we deliver.”
Shell said it now plans to install Shell Recharge at seven more locations within Greater London and Reading by the end of the year.
Shell said it will be half price to charge up until June 30
Mrs Lindsay-Green said: “Shell Recharge will soon be available at ten sites in the UK and will offer electric vehicle drivers in these areas a reliable, convenient and subscription-free charging service where they can charge their vehicle and take a break from their journey.”
Shell Recharge has been introduced in partnership with Allego, which will manage the operation of the rapid chargers.
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Anja van Niersen, chief executive of Allego, said: “Electric mobility is developing very fast and a new generation of e-cars is now available for consumers.
“We highly value Shell’s vision and leadership in integrating rapid charging at their service stations.
“We know that electric vehicle drivers want the right charging solution at the right place, to be always available and combined with excellent services. Shell Recharge shows how these wishes can be met.”
Source: Derby Telegraph