Are “Gas Stations” Go Electric?

Over the past decade “Big Oil” companies like British Petroleum (BP), Chevron, ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell and Total have been steadily increasing investments into green energy businesses, such as wind farms, solar parks, carbon capture systems and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

Royal Dutch Shell has contracted AECOM to install ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging station at Shell “fueling stations” across the Netherlands. The 150-kW ultra-fast chargers will be able to provide a full charge on an EV in less than 15 minutes.

Hilmar van den Dool, General Manager Shell Retail, said: “Electric mobility is one of the solutions that will help meet growing demand for transport in a lower-carbon world. A suitable network of recharging infrastructure needs to be developed as the number of electric vehicles increases, to ensure that customers can charge their vehicles without disrupting. Shell aims to be market leader in this segment.”

AECOM, headquartered in Los Angeles, California is a multinational engineering firm. The firm designs, builds, finances and operates infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations. AECON is a global leader in the transportation, facilities, environmental and energy sectors.

The dominant source of revenue for gas stations in the United States is from soft drinks and snacks. The profit margin from the sale of gasoline or diesel is only pennies on the gallon. In my opinion, we will soon see fast-charging stations appearing at fueling stations across the United States.

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