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Shell, Nissan form Formula E partnership

Shell seeks to improve EV drivers’ experience as it jointly explores opportunities with Nissan to provide enhanced performance to the E team

Shell and Nissan have officially launched their new Formula E partnership at a ceremony at the Nissan Crossing in Tokyo.

The alliance with Nissan and the all-electric racing series will help Shell to further develop its new energy and mobility solutions. Shell has teamed up with Nissan because it shares Shell’s vision to improve the driving experience for EV drivers, helping to make them more attractive to motorists.

“We share Nissan and Formula E’s desire to deliver technological innovations from the racetrack to the road, so all electric vehicle drivers can benefit from them,” Istvàn Kapitàny, Executive Vice President Retail at Royal Dutch Shell said. “We are increasingly charging electric vehicles at forecourts, homes and workplaces, while developing specialised lubricants for electric motors. This partnership will help us to develop more and cleaner mobility solutions.”

Shell is exploring how best to serve an increasing number of EV drivers, both on and beyond its forecourts. A growing number of its retail stations in the UK, the Netherlands and China are offering the ‘Shell Recharge’ fast-charging service, which takes only around 30 minutes to fully charge an electric vehicle.

Shell acquired NewMotion, one of Europe’s EV charging providers, in 2017, in a bid to accelerate its roll-out of  EV charging infrastructure. At present, work is under way to develop more flexible charging solutions.

In 2018, the oil major began offering super-fast chargers that take around 10 minutes to charge the next-generation of electric vehicles, making them up to three times faster than any other charger currently available. So far, Shell has installed high-powered fast chargers at 80 stations in Europe in partnership with charging network operator IONITY.

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