Shell owns more EV charging units than gas stations

With the acquisition of NewMotion Shell owns more electric charging units in Europe than gas stations.

At the Shell Eco-marathon, Yuri Sebregts Executive Vice President Chief Technology Officer for Shell Global said, “we realize that people’s mobility needs today are largely based on the Internal Combustion Engine.” But as Shell’s President, Bruce Culpepper said at the Powering Progress Together symposium, “We follow our customers.” The key, as he pointed out, was figuring out how to make sense of the low-carbon projects economically.

Shell recently purchased NewMotion, the largest electric charging group headquartered in the Netherlands. Since 2009, NewMotion has grown its public charge network to over 50,000 charge points across 22 countries. Shell has about 14,000 gas stations in the United States and 30,000 in Europe. The acquisition will help NewMotion reach its goal of turning more parking spaces into charging stations as well as improving users charging experience across Europe. Shell expects around a quarter of the global vehicle fleet to be electric by 2040. By adding EV charging units to its already existing infrastructure Shell is keeping its customers and creating new revenue streams.

Shell is putting recharge units in their European stations, a pay-as-you-go EV with no subscriptions or connection fees needed. You only pay for the power used to recharge your EV (currently offered at 25p per KwH until 30th June 2018, whereas others are charging 49p per kWh).

The International Energy Agency (IEA) just released The Energy Progress Report. The good news from the report is that “there is mounting evidence of the uncoupling of growth and energy use. Global gross domestic product (GDP) grew nearly twice as fast as primary energy supply in 2010-15. Six of the 20 countries that represent 80 percent of the world’s total primary energy supply, including Japan and the US, reduced their annual primary energy supply in 2010-15 while continuing to grow GDP – indicating a peak in energy use.”

For Shell to meet its goals of the Paris agreement it has introduced SKY – a scenario from now to 2070, of what they will have to do to hold the increase in global average temperature below 2 degrees centigrade.

The IEA reported that “One billion people – or 13% of the world’s population – still live without electricity. Sub-Saharan Africa, and Central and South Asia continue to be the areas of the world with the largest access deficits. Almost 87% of the world’s people without electricity live in rural areas.

The number of people gaining access to power has been accelerating since 2010 but needs to ramp up further to achieve universal access to electricity by 2030. If current trends continue, an estimated 674 million people will still live without electricity in 2030.”
At the Powering Progress Together Symposium Culpepper talked about creating energy in pioneering countries.

Shell is also working with auto companies to create ultra-fast charging. IONITY is a joint venture between BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche, which was formed to create a network of 350-kilowatt chargers next to major highways in Europe. The collaboration with Shell allows IONITY to install its fast charging infrastructure at major thoroughfares and will make electromobility significantly more convenient and the charging capacity of up to 350 kW throughout ten European countries: Belgium, France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

Shell is partnering with hydrogen companies and car companies. At the Shell Eco-Marathon, Sebregts and I talked under the STEM tent. I told him about the hydrogen chat I had at the Linde hydrogen corner with 13-year-old Charlie from Loma Verde on how to create hydrogen. Sebregts talked about the Shell Eco-Marathon and what the kids get out of the event.

It is very difficult to create a coherent energy infrastructure for the next sixty years when one region of the globe is changing the rules every administration turnover. At the same time that California and seventeen other States are suing the current administration to defend the previous administration’s climate rules for vehicles, Shell is creating a sixty-year plan to meet the Paris agreement, called SKY, meeting with companies in the energy business, the automotive business, and the renewables business. Shell plans to spend $1 billion annually on renewables by 2020.

At the same time that the auto alliance is saying that “maintaining a single national program is critical to ensuring that cars remain affordable,” Shell is partnering with Toyota to create renewable hydrogen from agriculture waste for its drayage truck in Los Angeles port. Shell is working with companies globally to create a coherent energy infrastructure that meets the regulations of the World. These collaborations are how you become a 100-year-old global company that has plans to be around in another 100-years.

As Shell’s self-described conservationist President, Bruce Culpepper said at the Powering Progress Technology symposium, “It used to be called being a good neighbor.”

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.

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