Shell to acquire largest network of Swiss EV charging stations
Shell has announced an agreement to acquire evpass, the largest network of charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) in Switzerland. Founded in 2016 by Green Motion, the company was previously owned by Eaton, FMV (Forces Motrices Valaisannes) and the energy supplier AEW.
This acquisition allows Shell to further expand its position for charging solutions for electric vehicles and offer customers access to the largest network of public charging stations in Switzerland. Currently, evpass has 50,000 subscribers and its charging stations are accessible throughout Switzerland in all cantons and in 33% of the municipalities.
Shell has a target to operate more than 500,000 EV charging points worldwide by 2025 and 2.5 million by 2030. In Switzerland, the first two Shell Recharge fast charging stations were put into operation at the Oftringen station in December 2022. As the largest network of public EV charging stations in Switzerland, providing access to 3,000 charge points through its own network and roaming agreements, evpass complements the Shell E-mobility offering, which also includes a pilot of ubitricity’s lamp post charging solution in Bern.
“Switzerland is an important market for our Mobility business where we plan to rapidly expand the number of EV charge points offered at our stations and destinations like supermarkets, hotels and car parks,“ said István Kapitány, global executive vice president, Shell Mobility.
“For our customers, we aim to make the EV driving experience even more comfortable and convenient by offering drivers more charging infrastructure at more locations. The acquisition of evpass, with coverage in a third of Swiss municipalities, puts Shell in a leading position in the local EV charging market that we plan to extend even further.”
“As the founder of evpass, I am sure that Shell, as a major global energy player, is the best investor to secure the growth of Switzerland’s largest charging network and continue my original vision of responsible and environmentally friendly individual mobility,” said François Randin, CEO and founder of evpass.