Shell has acquired Dutch electric charging station company NewMotion for an undisclosed amount.
The oil producer now plans to roll out charging points in its forecourts worldwide, with the first ones already being installed in the UK, the Netherlands, Norway and the Philippines.
Under the deal, NewMotion will focus on developing infrastructure in the European theatre.
NewMotion, founded in 2009, already operates 30,000 stations across western Europe, as well as offering charging points in 50,000 partner stations. It last reported a turnover of €12.9m (£11.6) and losses of €3.9m.
Matthew Tipper, vice-president for new fuels at Shell, said: “Today’s announcement is an early step towards ensuring customers can access a range of refuelling choices over the coming decades, as new technologies evolve to coexist with traditional transport fuels.
“When you add this customer offer to our current rollout of fast charging points on Shell forecourts, we believe we are developing the full raft of charge solutions required to support the future of EVs [electric vehicles].”
However, he also clarified that the two infrastructures are meant to be “complementary”.
He said: “One is fast charging on the go on the forecourt and the other is a slightly slower rate of charge at the workplace or at home. At this stage there are no plans to integrate the two.”
Sytse Zuidema, chief executive officer of NewMotion, said: “We are very pleased to have such a strong investor that fully supports our mission, enabling us to further expand across Europe at a time when the transition to electric vehicles is gathering pace.
“We are excited that our ongoing mission and belief in a transition towards less-polluting transport source has been endorsed so strongly by Shell, one of the world’s leading energy companies.”