Shell Is Planning UK’s First ‘No-Petrol’ Station as Its Journey Towards Clean Motoring Continues


Royal Dutch Shell is getting ready to open the first “no-petrol” service station in Britain in the capital on 2018 as part of its initiative towards cleaner motoring.

The forecourt is assumed to offer electric vehicle charge points, hydrogen cell refuelling, and motorists biofuels, instead of the traditional diesel and petrol pumps. Meanwhile, the buildings are said to be powered by ­renewable energy from solar panels on its forecourt’s roof.

Sources close Shell, the Anglo-Dutch oil giant, informed reporters that a site in central London had been chosen. However, the project was still at a very early stage. A spokesperson for Shell declined to comment.

A spokesperson for Shell refused to comment.

The no-petrol project is a part of the attempts of the company to develop alternative fuels and improve its retail arm. This year, Shell plans to open three hydrogen cell refuelling stations in the United Kingdom.

In February, the first opened alongside traditional pumps at the busiest ­refuelling station of the nation at Cobham on the M25.

Shell intends to roll out high-speed electric vehicle charge points over a selection of its 400 service stations in the United Kingdom later this year, letting drivers charge their electric vehicle batteries by up to 80pc in 30 minutes. The group is set to launch an 18-month pilot scheme to test what the forecourt of the future might look like. Service stations will be ambitiously presented as “retail destinations”, providing good quality coffee and food alongside high-speed Wi-Fi connections. The trial will also introduce collection points for online shopping deliveries to enhance convenience.

Shell is developing an app-based fuel delivery for drivers who cannot wait to have their vehicles refuelled. In Rotterdam, customers can order fuel easily by specifying the ­location and the time of the service. By leaving the car’s fuel flap open, drivers do not even need to be present while refuelling.

Shell is pressured to guard against the threat of a quicker than expected shift away from fossil fuels.