Shell UK adding charging to gas stations

Shell Retail Looks to the Future With Car Charging
Bloomberg News

Shell set up its first hydrogen refueling station in the U.K. earlier this year and will install its first electric car charging point later this month, said John Abbott, the top executive of its downstream business, which includes refining, marketing, retail, trading and chemicals. By 2025, he expects these new operations supplying cleaner fuels, including natural gas, to make up a fifth of margins from selling fuel.

Shell, still doesn’t quite get it. They are trying to preserve legacy methods of fueling involving tanks, tanker trucks, and all the plumbing that goes with fossil fuels (I include hydrogen since it is generally made from natural gas). It may seem like a way to preserve their capital investment, but really they are just making their stations WAY more expensive, since they will have to install more storage tanks and fueling hardware, which just mean spending LOTS of money and creating a very complex, expensive to maintain site, that will also complicate the logistics of scheduling deliveries of natural gas and hydrogen on top of the diesel/gasoline products already carried.

Oh, and you are adding the dangers of H2 and NG “spills” to the risk of gasoline/diesel spills. So, each time you resupply a station, you triple the number of chances something can wrong.

It’s simple guys. You have electrical wires right there above your station. Installing chargers is a matter of tapping the existing electrical infrastructure and setting aside some spaces for charging EVs. Simple installation, nothing to resupply multiple times a week, fewer tanker trucks on the road burning diesel.

Gas stations outnumbered by charging stations by 2020 in UK

Electric vehicle charge points to outnumber petrol stations by 2020, say Nissan
The Guardian

Public electric vehicle (EV) charge points will outnumber petrol stations in the UK by the end of the decade, marking a potential tipping point in the adoption of zero emission vehicles.

That is the conclusion of a new analysis by auto giant and EV manufacturer Nissan, which argues that based on current trends EV charge points will overtake traditional petrol stations by August 2020.

The report found that there were 8,472 traditional fuel stations in the UK at the end of last year, representing a steady decline from the 37,539 recorded in 1970. Based on the rate of decline in recent decades the number of petrol stations is likely to fall to under 7,870 by summer 2020, Nissan said.

In contrast, the UK’s EV charging network is expanding fast and plans are underway to accelerate its growth further over the coming years. As such, Nissan predicts the number of public EV charging locations will reach 7,900 by August 2020, although it adds that “accelerating adoption of electric vehicles means this crossover could happen a lot sooner”.

My money would be on this happening in Norway first, as opposed to the UK, but we shall see. Things are changing fast in the EU.