Shell opens EV charging hub for the first time. The oil giant Shell has swapped petrol pumps for electric chargers as it embraces the transition to electric vehicles. Shell has opened its first charging hub for electric cars in the United Kingdom, converted from a traditional service station. They reshaped their Fulham petrol station in central London with fast chargers. Before and after The Fulham hub is the first dedicated EV charging location which features nine high-powered, ultra-rapid 175kW charge points. These are three times faster than the more widely used 50kW rapid chargers. Shell claims that these ultra-rapid charge points should charge vehicles from 0-80% within 10 minutes. About the hub Shell is using the site as a global pilot and it is the first time it has converted an existing petrol station into a dedicated electric charging hub. According to Shell all electricity supplied to the EV charge points and the station are from 100% certified renewable energy sources. By 2025 Shell plans to grow their EV charging network to over 5,000 EV charge points on forecourts and in various new locations. The Fulham hub ensures that their customers’ charging time is as efficient as possible. For instance, it has a seating area, free Wi-Fi, a Costa Coffee store, and a small Waitrose shop where customers can grab a cup of coffee, a snack, or stock up on groceries. Sustainability all the way Shell declares that the charging center is built with a sustainable design. Such as a timber canopy made of sheets of timber glued together, which requires much less energy to produce and transport than steel. Also, their solar panels built into the canopy ceiling generate approximately one-quarter of the site’s electrical needs. Additionally, the shop features front double glazing with high insulating properties, which reduces energy consumption for both cooling in the summer and heating in the winter. Shell opens EV charging hub.