Shell, which was one of the first energy companies to install EV chargers at petrol and diesel retail outlets worldwide, has launched a new range of e-mobility services for car and light duty commercial fleets in the UK.
Shell and NewMotion – a member of the Shell Group – have added extra EV services to their existing fuel card and are providing customers with a network of charging options on-the-go, at home and at the office.
Fuel card customers can now opt for a Shell Card that allows for payment of both traditional fuels and electric vehicle charging services, giving drivers access to a growing network of 2,000 charge points across the Shell Recharge and NewMotion public networks, plus 3,800 refuelling stations UK-wide.
Shell Recharge, owned and operated by the energy company’s forecourt electric charging network, is claimed to offer fleet operators reliable and easy use rapid charging powered by 100% certified renewable electricity sources.
NewMotion’s open network agreement with 16 charge point providers allows Shell Card customers to use just one card to buy fuel or recharging with both consolidated into a single invoice.
The associated Shell Recharge app gives users the ability to start, stop and pay for charging and provides drivers real time information such as charge point availability, power details and charge point locations.
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Other app features give users charpe point availability details and estimate duration of the charging session.
“Shell Fleet Solutions is working with our customers to accelerate sustainable progress and an important part of that is to develop the infrastructure to enable fleets to make electrification plans a reality,” said Sarah Llewelyn, head of the UK operation.
“Our e-mobility offering is centred around convenience and accessibility, to make the transition from traditional, to alternative fuel powered vehicles as seamless as possible.”
Shell and NewMotion said they were also working with fleet operators provide home and office smart charging systems, Services include dynamic power sharing for offices with multiple charge points, to installation and round the clock support.
Businesses can also set tariffs for company charge points, access charging data and reimburse employees for home charging through the NewMotion charge point management platform.
“Although the public charging infrastructure is improving rapidly, we still see that 80% of EV charging happens at homes and offices,” said Alan McCleave, UK general manager of NewMotion.