The first EV charging network to be launched by an established oil company, Shell’s Recharge network has launched with rapid chargers installed across the UK.
Operated on a pay-as-you-go basis, users access the charge points via the Smoov app, RFID card, or contactless bank card.
Shell Recharge network costs
Membership cost: None
Free app download, RFID card, or contactless credit/debit card
Cost per charge:39p 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 can be made via contactless credit/debit card, RFID card, or a smartphone app, which is free to download. When using the app or RFID card, payment is 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.
About Shell Recharge
All of Shell Recharge’s units are 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.
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