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Shell aiming to install 50,000 charging points on Britain’s streets

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BBC News: Sept 1, 2021

Oil giant Shell announced on Wednesday it was aiming to install 50,000 charging points on Britain’s streets by 2025, as part of a government-backed push to increase electric vehicle numbers and reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.

Shell will roll out the charging points through on-street charging point company Ubitricity, which it acquired in February.

The government has estimated that the UK will need between 280,000 and 480,000 charging points by 2030, the year it plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars.

Shell said it would support local authorities financially to install more on-street chargers in towns and cities.

David Bunch, Shell’s UK country chairman, said: “It’s vital to speed up the pace of EV charger installation across the UK and this aim and financing offer is designed to help achieve that.

“Whether at home, at work or on-the-go, we want to give drivers across the UK accessible EV charging options, so that more drivers can switch to electric.”

Shell currently has 60,000 charging points globally, but plans to increase that number to 500,000 by 2025 and to 2.5 million by 2030.

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