Shell on a charge
Shell is acquiring Dutch electric vehicle charge point outfit NewMotion for an undisclosed amount. NewMotion now operates over 30,000 home electric EV charge points in the Netherlands, Germany, France and the UK, as well as providing access to a network of 50,000 public chargers across Europe.
Sytse Zuidema, the company’s CEO, said the deal will help the firm expand its operations as "the transition to electric vehicles is gathering pace”.
"When you add this customer offer to our current roll-out of fast-charging points on Shell forecourts, we believe we are developing the full raft of charge solutions required to support the future of EVs,” says Matthew Tipper Shell's vp for new fuels.
Earlier in 2017 French oil giant Total picked up another Dutch company, PitPoint, which delivers natural gas vehicle refuelling and operates a number of EV charging points in Europe.
The Shell news coincided with an announcement by Paris authorities on banishing all petrol- and diesel-fuelled cars from the French capital by 2030. The City Hall pointed out that while France has set a target date of 2040 for an end to fossil fuel cars, large cities required faster phase-outs.
In the UK, Oxford says it is looking to ban petrol and diesel vehicles by 2020. All petrol and diesel vehicles will disappear from some of the city centre's streets, with the area be expanded in 2025 and again in 2030, to encompass the entire city centre, with HGVs kept out of Oxford from 2035.