The “Shell Recharge” network will make use of rapid 50kW chargersTONG YU/VCG

More petrol stations will be fitted with electric car charge points under a new nationwide plan.

Shell says that 30 new forecourts will have rapid chargers by the end of March, with a “significant” further expansion planned by the end of next year.

It is the biggest introduction of chargers in urban petrol stations and comes after fuel retailers have faced criticism for being too slow to adapt to the technology. Companies have been reluctant to provide chargers because of concerns that it takes up valuable space that could be used for petrol and diesel pumps.

The Shell plan starts today after trials in London, Derby and Reading last year. The new chargers will be installed in cities such as Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow.…