Shell launched an on-forecourt electric vehicle (EV) rapid charging service called Shell Recharge, days after it signed an agreement to buy NewMotion, one of Europe’s largest EV charging providers.

The new service is now available at Shell Holloway in London, Shell Whyteleafe in Surrey, and Shell Derby, and will be launched at a further seven locations within Greater London and Reading by the end of the year.

Shell Recharge provides rapid 50kW DC chargers, which are compatible with most electric vehicles, and will charge most cars from zero to 80% in around 30 minutes. Customers pay by using the Smoov app. There are no subscription or connection fees and customers only pay for the power used to recharge their car. Until the end of June 2018, Shell has an introductory offer of 25p per kWh versus the normal price of 49p per kWh.

NewMotion operates more than 30,000 private electric charge points for homes and businesses in the Netherlands, Germany, France and the UK. It also provides access to a network of more than 50,000 public charge points across 25 European countries, serving more than 100,000 registered charge cards.

NewMotion will continue business as usual as a subsidiary of Shell.