Shell joins EV network
Oil giant Shell is to join a consortium of major vehicle manufacturers, including BMW, Daimler, Ford and VW Group, called Ionity which aims to launch a network of 400 ultra-fast charging stations for electric vehicles in 10 European countries. The pan-European network will provide 350kW EV charging points, with Shell providing EV chargers at 80 of its biggest roadside filling stations. An average of six fast-charging points will be installed at each of the sites chosen by Shell in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and the UK.
Utility company Eon has launched a Europe-wide electric mobility initiative, including ultra-fast workplace charging points. The pan-European charging network will include 10,000 units offering a mix of charging speeds; lower-powered chargers at supermarkets and train stations and ultra-fast points offering speeds three times faster than today’s rapid chargers at short-stop locations.
The European Parliament has given its backing to a call for driver assistance systems such as autonomous emergency braking to be made standard on all new cars. The move was welcomed by the European Transport Safety Council.