Oil and gas company Shell plans to install 50,000 on-street electric vehicle charging stations across the UK by 2025 in an effort to push for the uptake of electric vehicles. Over the next four years Shell will be installing over 50,000 on-street charging stations for electric vehicles, offering financial support to local authorities for installation costs. Currently in Britain there are around 3,600 chargers across the country, however by 2025 at least 150,000 are needed.
The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles is currently responsible for about 75% of the costs of installing public on-street charging stations, which would contribute for around a third of the amount of charging stations needed to meet 2050 decarbonisation goals.
“It’s vital to speed up the pace of EV charger installation across the UK and this aim and financing offer is designed to help achieve that,” said David Bunch, Shell’s UK country chair. “Whether at home, at work or on-the-go, we want to give drivers across the UK accessible EV charging options, so that more drivers can switch to electric.”
Shell has said they are prepared to cover a quarter of the remaining total costs. In addition, the UK recently unveiled a transport decarbonisation plan, setting a clear goal to ban all new diesel and petrol lorries in the country by 2040, as well as a commitment in electrifying all government cars and vans by 2027.