Shell to open first electric car charging point next month

SHELL is set to open its first UK electric car charging point next month, marking a historic moment for the oil company.

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Shell to open first electric car charging point next month

The spot will be the first of ten charging points set to be opened in London by Shell before the end of 2017, claim financial news website This is Money.

Shell bosses are trying to adapt quickly as the industry moves away from fossil fuels to alternative power options.

First talks of electric charging stations at Shell garages surfaced in June 2016, when documents leaked by Desmog.uk revealed discussions between Shell staff and government transport officials took place regarding alternatively fuelled vehicles.

Amongst the talks were suggestions by staff of the oil giant that electric cars were being held back by a lack of public charging points.

Earlier this year, Shell boss Ben van Beurdun said he intends for his next car to be electrified — with a spokesperson for the company suggesting he will trade his diesel car for a Mercedes-Benz S500e.

Speaking to Bloomberg, van Beurdun said “The whole move to electrify the economy, electrify mobility in places like northwest Europe, in the U.S — even in China — is a good thing.

“We have to continue to reinvent.”

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