Shell announced plans on Wednesday to install up to 50,000 electric car charging stations in the United Kingdom over the next few years. Shell said in a statement that its Ubitricity subsidiary wants to meet the goal by late 2025 as part of the company’s green energy transformation.
Ubitricity, a German company that was purchased by Shell earlier this year, provides on-street electric vehicle charging throughout Europe. It already has 3,600 charging stations in the UK, which make use of existing public infrastructure like bollards and lampposts.
Shell has vowed to install the chargers to assist Britain in meeting government ambitions to stop selling fossil fuel cars by 2030, as well as to provide a solution to the problem that 60 percent of city dwellers apparently lack private or driveway parking.
“The move is part of a larger initiative to increase electric car charging availability for the millions of UK drivers who do not have private parking and to assist local governments in getting their charging networks up and running as rapidly as possible,” Shell stated.
The Office of Zero Emission Vehicles in the United Kingdom presently covers 75% of the cost of installing on-street electric car charging stations.