The Shell Recharge Network in the US is Growing

E-Mobility will be one of the leading pathways to decarbonize passenger vehicles in the next two decades. Electric vehicle adoption is growing exponentially in the US and around the world. Globally, it’s estimated that 75 percent of all passenger vehicles sold will be electric by 2040.1 As one of the world’s largest energy providers, Shell is well placed to adapt to our customers’ evolving needs and provide a reliable EV charging experience.

The Shell Recharge network in the US is growing! Shell Recharge will cater to EV drivers’ out-of-home charging. We aim to be the leader that helps each new generation of drivers understand and embrace the unlimited potential of EVs. Shell Recharge will help remove the barriers that prevent drivers from feeling the freedom of EV driving by providing a fast and reliable charging experience.2

The Shell App is Electrifying

The Shell App now supports EV drivers! Drivers using the Shell App can specify that they are driving an EV, accessing the Shell Recharge network. As an EV driver, the app allows you to locate the nearest charger, check the station’s charging status, easily make in-app payments, and stay-up-to-date on your Shell App account. Download the Shell App and try Shell Recharge today!

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How to Use the Shell App for EV Charging

Easily locate the nearest Shell Recharge EV charging station and pay at the charger using the Shell App, with no subscription or connection fees. After you download the Shell App and register, including entering your payment information, you’re ready to charge! Some Shell Recharge stations accept credit card payment at the charger, without using the app.

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Step 1: Get started

When you log into the Shell App, select “EV Driver.” Follow the in-app prompts to locate the nearest Shell Recharge station. Shell Recharge offers a variety of charging speeds up to 360kW3, depending on the location and type of vehicle being charged.

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Step 2: Plug in and charge

Once you arrive at the Shell Recharge station, make sure your vehicle is ready to begin charging. Select “Charge” in the app. Choose a connector via the app and confirm payment details. Plug the connector into your vehicle.

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Pay and go

When finished charging, select “Stop Charging,” and disconnect the plug from your vehicle. You’re ready to go!

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Charging Connector Types in the United States

Shell Recharge supports most EV charging connectors available in today’s marketplace. Please check the Shell App for connector types available at each Shell Recharge station to find the location best suited for your EV charging needs.

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Shell Recharge FAQs

1. BloombergNEF, Electric Vehicle Outlook 2023

2. Charger speeds vary by location. Reliability based on Shell internal data. Charging results may vary, no guarantees provided. Charging speed depends on several factors including temperature outside, type of car, size of battery and battery condition. Please check with your OEM for compatibility and further information.

3. Charging speed depends on several factors, including temperature outside, type of car, size of battery and battery condition. Please check with your OEM for compatibility and further information. 150kW+ charger will charge most vehicles from 20% to 80% within 30 minutes in ideal conditions.

4. The various parameters that impact the charging speed/time during a charging session at a specific EV charger include (but not limited to):

a) Peak Charging Power accepted by the EV: For example, if the peak power that can be accepted by the EV is only 77kW (e.g. Kia Niro EV), even if that EV plugs into a 150kW charger, it will only receive a max of 77kW during a session. The peak power accepted by the EV is dictated by the voltage and current limits of the EV battery.

b) Ambient Temperature: If it is cold outside, the EV charging will be sluggish because the EV battery management system (BMS) slows down charging

c) Battery Temperature: Ambient Temperature will have an impact on the battery temperature; however, the battery could get hotter once the EV is being driven. Typically, a warm battery will be able to accept more power compared to a cold battery.

d) Battery State of Charge (SoC): The starting SoC at the time of charging will dictate the amount of power accepted by the EV during that session.

e) Battery State of Health: This has an impact on the instantaneous power accepted during the charging session.

f) EV usage prior to charging: Some EV manufacturers calibrate their battery management system (BMS) in such a way that the use of EV prior to charging dictates the charging speed. For instance, if you had driven the EV for towing or high-speed driving prior to charging, the BMS would slow down the charging potential for a certain time period. In addition, for certain EVs, if you had already charged the EV a certain number of times in the past 24-hour period, the BMS limits the charging power.

g) EV charger current and voltage specification: For instance, many chargers typically have a maximum current specification of 350 A. An EV capable of 400 V would be limited to a certain maximum power from that charger even if the EV can accept higher power levels from other chargers with a higher current rating. At the same time, an 800-volt EV could get higher power from the same charger.

h) Use of other loads while charging such as cabin AC, heating, lights or radio: This has an impact on the amount of time taken to reach the desired state of charge as some energy is used for that specific load during the session.

i) EV Charging energy losses: If you want to charge a 50kWh battery (say from 0-100%), transferring 50kWh energy may not be enough due to these losses. We would need to transfer more than 50kWh energy, which means higher charging time than one would think for a charging session. These charging losses can be classified into: 1) Battery loss, due to heat generated in the battery pack 2) Cooling losses: some energy (especially at high power DC charging) is used to cool the battery components to prevent the heat generated from damaging any components 3) charger loss: due to heat generated in the cables and conversion of AC to DC at the charger.