Greenlots, a significant EV charging provider in North America, has been purchased by Shell New Energies which is a subsidiary of the international oil company Royal Dutch Shell.
According to the press release, Greenlots will provide the foundation for Shell’s expansion into electric mobility solutions in North America. The companies “will offer best in class software and services that enable large-scale deployment of smart charging infrastructure and integrate efficiently with advanced energy resources like solar, wind and power storage.”
“As power and mobility converge, there will be a seismic shift in how people and goods are transported,” said Brett Hauser, Chief Executive Officer of Greenlots. “Electrification will enable a more connected, autonomous and personalized experience. Our technology, backed by the resources, scale and reach of Shell, will accelerate this transition to a future mobility ecosystem that is safer, cleaner and more accessible.”
While Greenlots has an established charging network in parts of the US and Canada it has been increasing its focus on developing software for managing charging networks that can be licensed for use by other charging network operators.
Electrify America is a well-known customer of the Greenlots SKY EV charging management software. Other customers working with Greenlots on charging networks include BMW with ChargeNow networks in Singapore and Thailand, and some utilities in North America.
Electrify America has separately contracted with Greenlots to install and manage up to 900 “level 2” community charging dispensers in and around the cities of Boston, Seattle, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento and San Diego.
I actually don’t mind if oil majors start to branch out into EV charging. Shell stations in the UK have already started putting in DC chargers. They have the locations, after all. The only issue I see is that, ideally, you would want a decent place with wifi, maybe get a snack or go to the bathroom, and not all Shell stations are like that. But, as long as it gets more EV’s on the road, I’m in favor.
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Maybe Shell can pioneer a new kind of station, a charging station, where there are more things to do (buy) while you wait a bit longer to charge.