Shell Begins Rollout Of Ultra-Fast Chargers In Europe

OCT 26 2018 BY MARK KANE 27

Shell will install 500 IONITY ultra-fast chargers (350 kW) at 80 stations in Europe

Shell launched its first ultra-fast charging stations in partnership with IONITY network. The first station with four chargers was installed to begin serving motorists at Hohenems, Austria, in August 2018 and now the second station with eight chargers is available at Shell’s Chartres-Bois and Chartres-Gasville service stations, about 90 minutes’ drive south of Paris, France.

While IONITY plans to expand the network to 400 stations by 2020 (currently 16 were installed and 29 more iare under construction), Shell will host 80 stations with 500 ultra-fast chargers (on average 6 per station) in 10 countries (Belgium, France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary).

Shell’s strategy envisions several patches of growth including:

“The high-powered chargers take up to ten minutes to charge next-generation electric vehicles, making them up to three times faster than any other type of charger currently available to drivers.”

“Installing high-powered chargers at 80 stations in Europe is part of Shell’s global drive to provide more and cleaner energy solutions. The chargers are in addition to our acquisition of NewMotion, one of Europe’s largest charging providers, and a growing number of Shell Recharge fast chargers at Shell forecourts in the UK, the Netherlands and China. Around 170 Shell-branded forecourts around the world now offer charging facilities.Shell is committed to supporting people’s vehicle charging needs – whether they are at home, at work or on the road. This because Shell believes more people will choose to drive electric vehicles if they can access quick and reliable facilities.

Electric vehicle charging solutions is just one of the ways that Shell is aiming to deliver more and cleaner energy around the world. We are also working to enhance the efficiency of traditional fuels and support the development of low-emission transport fuels such as hydrogen, biofuels and natural gas.”

David Bunch, Shell’s Vice President Retail in Europe, said:

“Electric vehicle drivers should be able to travel long distances confidently and with ease. Creating a convenient network of reliable, powerful chargers is vital for getting many more electric vehicles on the road. We are one of IONITY’s major partners because we share that vision.”

Dr. Michael Hajesch IONITY’s Chief Executive said:

“Back in November last year Shell and IONITY announced a common goal: to enable convenient long-distance travel with electric vehicles across Europe by providing reliable fast-charging infrastructure,” One year on, the first IONITY stations operating in partnership with Shell represent a significant step in achieving that goal.”

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What.. Germany is not included?

Ha! You beat me to it.

Ionity has different partners in different countries. Tank & Rast is the partner in Germany; Ionity has 8 stations operating in Germany

Why only 500?
If the head of Shell wants the UK to bring forward the end of ICE only sales then the writing is on the wall for the Shell branded Petrol Stations. So why not be really forward thinking in getting rid of pumps for liquid and installing pumps for electrons?
You have the locations so why not be bold? Put your money where your mouth is?

No reason they cant start with 6 or so per location then expand. Same for 500 locations. Taking up the real estate for say 12 chargers rather than 6 per station, when EVs are currently only about 1% or less the installed base of cars, would be pointless, especially from an ROI perspective.

With home charging its a different game, Shell need to be careful to ensure that the investment pays off. Fast chargers are needed only for long quick trips, with the compact nature of Europe less fast stations are needed (London to Edinburgh is only 400 miles). Destination charging will be where further investment is needed.

Ultra fast charging is the next stage in EVolution. A 220 mile car that can charge 0-90% in 10 minutes is a huge winner vs. a Tesla S/X 100D or Model 3 LR. Lower sticker price, lighter weight, more cargo/people space and much faster long distance travel.

That 220 mile car doesn’t exist yet, but the Taycan is aiming to get pretty close. Somebody will build it soon enough.

Of course with dynamic charging you’d only need a 120 mile battery, and gascars would become virtually obsolete overnight.

You’re assuming that a 220 mile car that can charge at 6C is going to be cheaper than a 400 mile car that can charge at 1.5C. That is not at all certain. It will probably be lighter, but maybe not cheaper.

Good point. Today it would be neither lighter nor cheaper, as LTO is the only chemistry that can handle it. But charging rate and cycle life are improving much more quickly than energy density. Mainstream cells weigh about the same as 5 years ago but charge much faster.

Could ya bring those to North America please?

and so it begins…..

I am confused. Is it:
1. Ionity installs 400 stations and Shell installs 80 stations (total 480 stations) ?
2. Shell is installing 80 of the 400 stations (total of 400 stations) ?

80 locations. 500 chargers spread across those.

And Ionity themselves plan to install 400 stations

Yes, it’s not clear. Are there going to be 480 in total, or just 400 , with 80 of them being in Shell branded locations?

I’m assuming the latter as they’re partnering up.

It is 400 total in the first phase that ends in 2020. Ionity has partnered with several companies to deploy them. Shell, Cepsa, Tank & Rast, Circle K, etc.
Shell will handle 80 of these locations; Tank & Rast another 80. I don’t know the distribution of the rest among the partners.

The ionity is such a dumb design. A cord with that much copper in it is crazy expensive, and making it come out of the top adds at least two feet to the cord.

It doesn’t look all that sturdy, either. Stretching the cord if you parked a bit off puts a lot of stress on that light bar.

It is about as stiff as a fuel hose. The metal core isn’t all that heavy since the water cooling allows for less copper.

Tesla would better make Euro spec cars CCS compatible, it should be easy for them mechanically as they already use Type 2. Or their hubris will leave them up dead in the water very soon in Europe.

Nonsense as always. SC network means Tesla controls its own infrastructure which it can expand to fit the need of its fleet. Access to third party networks is just icing on the cake but lucky for Tesla owners not something Tesla vehicles depend on.

Well, then give us that icing. The possibility to use the CCS network would make a big difference.

Tesla will be doing a conversion here in Europe. Model 3 will be getting the CCS plug and they will change the SC netwerk here in Europe ass well. If Tesla will set it open for other cars is still to be seen. As they would want some partnership along that.

Ionity info and map.

track the numbers

“See, EV drivers are shills for big oil.” – somebody, probably.

It’s great that fossil fuel businesses are hopping on the bandwagon. This will speed up the transition.

Please bring ultra fast charges to Canada, big country with long distances between cities and a lot of hydropower