Shell extends electric vehicle push with the purchase of a charging station firm

 
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Shell has said it aims to be at the forefront of the clean energy transition (Source: Getty)

Royal Dutch Shell has ramped up efforts to support the electric vehicle boom with an agreement to buy Europe's largest electric vehicle charging provider.

NewMotion is a Dutch company that operates more than 30,000 private electric charge points for homes and businesses in the Netherlands, Germany, France and the UK.

“Today’s announcement is an early step towards ensuring customers can access a range of refuelling choices over the coming decades, as new technologies evolve to co-exist with traditional transport fuels,” said Shell’s vice president for new fuels, Matthew Tipper.

Shell is currently rolling out fast-charging points for electric vehicles at its forecourts, and it said the addition of NewMotion's offerings will provide customers with flexibility to charge their cars at home, work and on the go.

Under the deal, NewMotion, which has been active in the market since 2009, will continue as a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell.

Shell has worked to pursue new energy solutions like "smart charging" as it aims to transition to cleaner energy.

More widespread charging stations could help solve consumer concerns over so-called range anxiety and cause the electric vehicle revolution to rev up within the next decade.

The company is reportedly even readying the UK's first "no-petrol" station.

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