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The oil company’s recent shift towards electrification kicks into high gear with the rollout of new super-fast chargers

Shell’s plan to add 360kW super-fast chargers next year to its Recharge UK stations will, the company says, capture more of the enthusiast driver market for high-power, performance electric vehicles and luxury, while outpacing rival networks with the fastest DC Chargers available in the UK.

Supplied by the world’s largest charger supplier, ABB, the introduction of 150 of the ‘world’s fastest electric vehicle chargers’ will elevate Shell’s Recharge network above competitors such as BP Pulse, Ionity and Gridserve/ Electric Highway for absolute charging speed and will future-proof its network for the next three years or more.

But it’s equally important that Shell wants to keep pace with its enthusiastic ICE customers, many of whom are switching from high-end petrol and diesel cars to high-end electric vehicles.

“Super-fast chargers are an opportunity for us,” says István Kapitány, global executive vice president of Shell Mobility.

“We already have these customers who are buying our premium products, and they’re early adopters, and they’re switching, buying really good quality EVs, and our job is to keep them and keep them happy with our offering of gas station in the future.”

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Electric vehicles with the latest battery technology capable of accepting a 360 kW charge are currently very few (Audi E-tron GT, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6 and Porsche Taycan), although others are expected in the next 18 months to two years.

So Shell’s move will establish it in the ultra-fast market, where Ionity already has a position and Gridserve/Electric Highway is aggressively growing, while BP Pulse, the UK’s busiest charging network, is focuses on 300 kW units.

Given that Shell’s current fastest charging speed is 175kW, it will regain ground on Gridserve/Electric Highway, which this year goes from 180kW to 350kW.

Ionity, which is jointly owned by a consortium of automakers including BMW, Hyundai and Volkswagen, has 17 sites in the UK with around 100 chargers, while Gridserve/Electric Highway has promised to install 150 350kW super-fast chargers this year. Both of these rivals use ABB hardware, albeit from the previous generation.

Shell’s new units are 10kW more powerful than competitors’ 350kW chargers and have more features, the most obvious being a pair of CCS charging cables attached – instead of the single cable on the 350kW unit – to allow each unit to charge two cars with either a fixed or flexible power distribution.

For Shell, the cost of installation is reduced and simplified by redesigning the internal power supply wiring.

However, Kapitany said the new super-fast chargers still require considerable earthworks and an upgrade of the local power grid.

At some point in the future, he thinks advances in electrical engineering design will reduce the volume of preparatory work for superfasts.

“We are working on it, but how can you do it? It’s a secret, and of course we’re working with our suppliers on that,” he said.

Shell employs 250 people at its technical center in Hamburg working on developments in fuels, greases and lubricants, including e-fluids for next-generation immersion cooling of battery, hydrogen and fuel technology. chargers.

ABB Terra won the tender to supply Shell only after winning a series of laboratory tests.

“The new chargers are fully validated, tested and proven here, under heavy stress in the lab, to ensure they meet our requirements,” Shell said.

They undergo hot and cold weather testing in a climate chamber and are tested on a fleet of up to 20 vehicles, while emulators can simulate either vehicle charging systems or the chargers themselves to detect problems with their software and hardware.

There are limits on total grid power consumption, however, so the Terra offers two additional charging modes – either a fixed split of 180kWh for two cars, or a “dynamic mode” which allows the first connected car to take a higher flow, say 250 kW, while the second takes the balance.

Shell’s plan is to deploy a “minimum” of 150 Terra chargers, with the option to expand to 200 if demand grows, to a select group of its network of 1,000 UK service stations.

Exact locations are yet to be announced, but these will be high-speed highway service stations or urban sites, not rural or remote sites.

“These will be really selective sites. Not all of our sites are suitable. You need a lot of traffic to justify these chargers,” said Kapitany.

Germany will get Terras’ first network this year, with a similar plan of 150 minimum and 200 maximum, representing a lower density distribution than the UK, given that Shell has almost 2,000 service stations in Germany.

Pricing will also be attractive, and Shell is keen…

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