Shell Germany and Volkswagen Group have opened a new charging station, Flexpole, in Goettingen, Germany.

From Volkswagen’s Elli brand, it is claimed Flexpole has a unique battery storage system that enables connection to a low-voltage grid and can be easily installed.

Depending on the vehicle type, the station can charge a range up of to 160km (100 miles) within 10 minutes.

It is hoped that Shell and Volkswagen will be able to expand to other locations in Germany and Europe, following a successful test operation.

Chief commercial officer of Volkswagen Group Charging, Simon Loeffler said: “The rapid expansion of the charging infrastructure is a prerequisite for the ramp-up of e-mobility. We are pleased to have found a strong partner in Shell who, like us, wants to expand the charging network in Germany and across Europe.”

Tobias Bahnsen, Head of Shell E-Mobility responsible for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, said: “With VW’s Elli Flexpole charging stations, we can make an important contribution to the necessary expansion of the charging infrastructure.

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“And in locations where it would be otherwise difficult for fast charging. Shell is already one of the largest providers of charging infrastructure at home, at work, at on-street lamp posts and at our service stations. We want to do our part to enable customers to switch to an electric vehicle and thus reduce CO2 emissions in the transport sector.”

The German government has set a target of having at least 1m charging points available to drivers of electric vehicles by 2030.

According to the Federal Network Agency, the number of charging points in the country rose significantly last year by around 21,000 to a total of over 80,000.