Oil Giant Shell’s old gas station on Fulham Road, London UK is converted into a charging hub exclusively for EVs. It was opened in January 2022, and it is the first time Shell converted its gas station into an EV charging hub. The changes come as the demand for EV charging stations is increasing.
Some 190,000 new EVs were registered in the UK in 2021, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders – yet there are just under 29,000 EV charging points in the UK, according to ZapMap, whose figures are cited by the UK government. Campaigners say the mismatch could hinder the mass adoption of EVs, making it hard for the government to meet its goal of phasing out sales of new fossil fuel-powered vehicles by 2030. President Joe Biden wants EVs to represent half of US new car sales by the same year.
What was once a run-of-the-mill gas station is now something rather different. Shell has converted the site into a charging hub exclusively for electric vehicles (EVs). Shell Recharge has nine rapid, 175-kW charging points and two parking spaces. Drivers can make use of free WiFi, grab a coffee, or go grocery shopping while they wait for their car to charge.
A customer’s experience was stated by Business Insider. One customer, Rebecca, who was drinking coffee while waiting for her rental Renault Zoe E-Tech Electric car to charge, told Insider that Shell Recharge was easy to use. It’s idiot-proof, you just tap and go,” she said – but admitted it wasn’t as quick as filling up a regular car. About 14 minutes after arriving on nearly 0% charge, Rebecca’s car was at 38%. “You have to plan your time,” she said. But with fuel prices in the UK at a record high, she added: “Why would I want to go out of my way to spend more money?”
It is stated that “Drivers pay for their electricity on the Shell Recharge app or card, via contactless payment, or using a QR code. Shell charges £0.49 ($0.66) per kWh.” The progress of the charging is updated on the screen. Shell said it wants to install 50,000 EV charging points across the UK by 2025. They are effectively being used by many customers. For vehicles with fossil fuel power, the direction towards nearby gas stations is pointed out. Every little experience is made apt for a better customer experience. The station is made of wooden canopies, giving it an authentic look as well.