Shell Plans 500,000 Charge Points

The company will roll out the electric charging stations around the globe within the next four years.

February 17, 2021

HOUSTON—Shell has unveiled its ambitious plan to install half a million electric charging stations by 2025, Tech Crunch reports. The company dipped its toes into the EV charging market with the acquisition of Greenlots in 2019. In January, Shell acquired the EV charging company Ubitricity in the U.K.

“As our customers’ needs evolve, we will increasingly offer a range of alternative energy sources, supported by digital technologies, to give people choice and the flexibility, wherever they need to go and whatever they drive,” said Mark Gainsborough, executive vice president of New Energies for Shell. “This latest investment in meeting the low-carbon energy needs of U.S. drivers today is part of our wider efforts to make a better tomorrow. It is a step towards making EV charging more accessible and more attractive to utilities, businesses and communities.”

At the time of the Ubitricity acquisition, Shell had access to more than 185,000 third-party charging points in its fueling stations, along highways or in other electric hubs. The company hasn’t revealed detailed plans on how it will add approximately 315,000 charge points to its worldwide network.

Last fall, Electrify America announced its plan to open 500 EV charge points in the U.S., while a coalition in Tennessee will install charging stations every 50 miles along major highways and interstates within the state.

To promote the availability of EV chargers at convenience stores, in 2020 NACS launched the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program. Through this program, NACS has established relationships with organizations interested in supporting the installation of electric vehicle service equipment (EVSE) at convenience stores. These organizations range from those seeking to install and operate their own equipment at NACS member locations to those seeking to finance the installation or provide technical assistance to facilitate the installation of such equipment or future proofing stores.

If you are interested in learning more about this program and benefiting from these relationships when opportunities in your market are available, please contact NACS Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Liaison Karl Doenges at