Electric cars could be charged at Shell service stations from 2017

Emails released under FoI suggest the company is in advanced preparations to introduce the chargers on its forecourts from next year

Shell said it is examining the potential to introduce electric vehicle charging points across some parts of its UK retail network from early 2017 (Image: P. Byrne/PA)

Shell said it is examining the potential to introduce electric vehicle charging points across some parts of its UK retail network from early 2017 (Image: P. Byrne/PA)

Electric car charging points could appear alongside petrol pumps at Shell’s UK service stations as soon as next year, the oil giant confirmed after emails between the company and government officials revealed discussions on introducing them.

The company also asked the government how serious it is about wireless charging roads which could top up an electric car without the need to plug in, as mooted by Conservative MP Oliver Letwin.

The diversification into infrastructure for battery-powered cars would mark a new departure for the company, which has largely backed biofuels as a greener alternative to petrol and diesel in the past. It could also suggest a softening of stance from an industry which Telsa co-founder Elon Musk has accused of using misinformation campaigns against electric cars.

Emails released after a Freedom of Information request by DeSmogBlog, a site which monitors fossil fuel lobbying, shows that Shell staff and government transport officials discussed both electric cars and hydrogen fuel this year.

Read more: The Guardian

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