Shell breaks into US charging market

Oil major Shell has announced that it has installed the first chargers in its planned network in the United States.

The company has fitted the first chargers in its planned Shell Recharge network at Logan Airport in Boston. The chargers were designed by Tritium with assistance from Shell subsidiary Greenlots.

Greenlots is based in the US and was acquired by Shell in February of this year [2019] in order to help facilitate the oil major’s expansion in the country, a deal that is now starting to bear fruit.

The California-based startup develops chargers, as well as software solutions that help EV charging companies provide a customer-centric service via predictive analytics and mobile apps.

Greenlots has also developed a grid balancing service, which utilises data to help operators avoid overloaded systems as EV take-up increases.

The software also aggregates EV loads, grid conditions and traffic events, in order to prioritise and control charging times.

The company has already worked on several projects around the world and has formed a close relationship with Electrify America, the subsidiary formed by Volkswagen to atone for the 2015 emissions scandal.

Greenlots has also worked on BMW-backed ChargeNow projects in Thailand and Singapore, which constitute the largest charging projects in both countries.

Shell Recharge, which is a rapid, subscription-free charging service that uses 100% certified renewable electricity has been growing in the UK for some time. The network has also recently expanded to Singapore.

In 2017, when Shell was looking to develop its role in the European market it bought Netherlands-based NewMotion, which owns one of Europe’s largest EV charging networks.

NewMotion, which manages over 30,000 EV charging points across Europe, offered Shell access to their growing network and a wider network of third-party chargers.