Shell has opened its first electric vehicle charging hub in the UK, where petrol and diesel pumps at an existing fuel station in Fulham, London have been replaced with ultra-rapid charge points.
A global pilot, this is the first time the company has converted one of its existing sites to cater solely for electric vehicles.
Shell Fulham features nine high-powered, ultra-rapid 175kW charge points which can charge most vehicles from 0-80 per cent within 10 minutes – three times faster than more widely used 50kW rapid chargers.
Along with a seating area, free Wi-Fi, a Costa Coffee and a Little Waitrose, the hub features a sustainable design with solar panels built into the roof that Shell says provide around a quarter of the electricity the site needs.
Shop front double glazing with highly insulating properties reduces energy use for both cooling in the summer and heating in winter, and the chargers all run on 100 per cent certified renewable electricity as well, according to Shell.
The hub’s canopy is constructed from sheets of timber glued together which use much less energy to produce and transport than steel.