Shell buys European electric car charging firm ubitricity
A flag bears the logo of Royal Dutch Shell outside the head office in The Hague, Netherlands, on Monday, April 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
BERLIN -- Oil and gas giant Shell is buying ubitricity, a major provider of electric vehicle charging points in Europe.
Shell said Monday that it would buy a 100% stake in the Berlin-based startup, without disclosing the price.
"The move represents a further step in Shell's efforts to support drivers as they switch to lower-carbon transport," the company said.
The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, will give Shell ownership of the biggest public EV charging network in Britain with more than 2,700 charge points.
Ubitricity also has smaller public networks in Germany and France, and has installed over 1,500 charge points for fleet customers across Europe.
The company's focus has been to integrate charge points into existing street infrastructure such as lamp posts, to reduce the cost of laying new power lines down streets.
Experts say easier access to charging facilities is key to the successful rollout of electric vehicles.
Shell has said it wants to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner.