The first EV charging network to be launched by an established oil company, the Shell Recharge network has launched with rapid chargers installed at 10 of the company’s UK forecourts – in Greater London, Derby, and Reading.
Operated on a pay-as-you-go basis, users access the charge points via the Smoov app, having first created an account.
Shell Recharge network costs
Membership cost: None
Free app download
Cost per charge:25p per kWh used
To discover how much it will cost to charge an EV from a Shell Recharge charge point, head to Zap-Map’s Public Charging Calculator. This allows you to select any new or used plug-in vehicle, and tailor elements – such as electricity cost and charge required – for personalised results.
Shell Recharge network access
Access to the Shell Recharge network is made via a smartphone app, which is free to download. Payment is then taken from a credit or debit card linked to the customer’s account after the charging session is complete.
Finding Shell Recharge points on Zap-Map
All Shell Recharge points can be found on Zap-Map by using the network filter. This can be used on the desktop and mobile apps, and displays only those points operated by Shell Recharge.
Charging types and speeds can be filtered too, showing only those points that are compatible with users’ cars.
Accessing points on other networks
Since Shell Recharge operates on a pay-as-you-go basis, there is no cross-network compatibility available in terms of partnerships or agreements. However, the Smoov app – used to access Shell Recharge points – works with any Allego unit. This is because Allego is operating the Shell Recharge network on behalf of Shell. Therefore, other Allego charge points should be accessible through the Smoov app.
About Shell Recharge
All of Shell Recharge’s units are and will be rapid chargers, reflecting the requirements of drivers visiting a petrol station – a quick stop-off required rather than destination charging. Charge points offer three different connectors; CCS and CHAdeMO for 50kW DC charging, and Type 2 43kW AC.
The international oil company Royal Dutch Shell has made the decision to install EV charge points at a number of its forecourts, both in the UK and abroad. Operated by Allego on behalf of Shell, the Shell Recharge network is currently small in number, but has the advantage of both significant backing and a large number of locations available for expansion.
Shell is looking to remain relevant despite car refuelling methods due to change considerably in the next few decades. A public rapid charging network will dovetail with roll-out of hydrogen refuelling stations – also available to find on Zap-Map.
There are currently 10 Shell Recharge points on Zap-Map, with 30 connectors available for network customers.
Images of Shell Recharge charge points – both under the headings ‘Shell Recharge network access’ & ‘About Shell Recharge’ – and Shell Recharge logo (top) courtesy of Photographic Services, Shell International Limited