AS the UK government continues to discuss the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill, it is looking increasingly likely that petrol forecourts will be ‘forced’ to offer electricity alongside fossil fuel sales. Jumping the gun a little, Shell has been first to show its cards with the launch of Shell Recharge – electric vehicle charging at Shell forecourts. Initially, Shell Recharge will be available at Shell Holloway (London), Shell Whyteleafe (Surrey) and Shell Derby. In addition, by the end of 2017, Shell Recharge will be operational at a further seven UK sites. Shell next plans to launch the service in Holland. The network does not require a subscription to join, but customers must pay for the energy they use via the Smoov app. Shell is offering an introductory rate of 25p/kWh until 31 June 2018, with the not inconsiderable normal rate of 49p/ kWh thereafter.
For other forecourt operators, EV charging company, InstaVolt, is currently offering the free installation of rapid chargers. In contrast to Shell’s reliance on the Smoov app for payment, InstaVolfs charge points can accept contactless credit card payment.
In London, Ecotricity’s Electric Highway has announced the rollout of 30 rapid chargers at fuel forecourts, in 2018. Finally, Independent forecourt operator Motor Fuel Group (MFG) announced it too will install EV chargers at 413 forecourts UK-wide, in association with ChargePoint Services.