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ELECTRIC CAR: SHELL BETS ON FAST AND INTELLIGENT CHARGING

Intelligent recharge in the face of park growth

The Royal Dutch Shell will soon be able to offer its fast and intelligent charging system to an increasing number of customers owning electric and hybrid rechargeable vehicles. The Anglo-Dutch company recently declared that it had successfully passed the test phase and was now considering deploying it on a wider scale .”We are developing an intelligent , connected load system that communicates with the power grid so that cars take on plentiful energy,” said John Abbott, Shell’s operations director, to describe the proposed new service By his group.

Mr. Abbott also recalled the main risk associated with the growth of electric vehicle sales, namely the increased frequency of power outages . According to the latter, the system developed by Shell makes it possible to reduce this threat due to a lack of stability of the electrical networks. “When there is reserve capacity , it [the system] can increase the rate of charge, if there is too much demand, it will lower it temporarily,” he said.

Ten recharge points by the end of the year
Shell is now preparing to install a dozen smart charging stations by the end of the year in the UK . The oil company also indicated that its new service will benefit from the technical input and know-how of two other companies, Kiwi Power and UK Power Networks, with which it has signed partnership agreements.Their installation should make it possible to propose new commercial services, says Shell officials, indicating that it will take an average of half an hour to have a vehicle load rate of 80%. In the Netherlands , Shell plans to equip 20 of its service stations with fast recharging points, also before the end of the year.

The oil company had created a surprise a few months ago by announcing the deployment of its first fast charging stations in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands (see our article Electric car: the Shell tanker deploys its load network ). Wishing to support the energy transition of the car fleet, Shell also invested in the installation of hydrogen stations – mainly in Germany – and more recently unveiled a prototype co-developed station with BMW .

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