Oil supermajors Royal Dutch Shell and Total are preparing to introduce battery charging points at European petrol stations as the the energy giants respond to rising sales of electric cars.
A selection of Shell’s filling stations across the UK and Netherlands will be the first to offer the service later this year, according to the Financial Times.
Total is said to be working on a similar move in a bid to capitlise on the emerging electric car market.
The French firm said it “studying the viability” of installing charging points at some domestic filling stations. Italy’s Enialready has the facilities at some of its domestic and central European outlets.
But Shell’s downstream director John Abbott said the transition from petroleum based vehicles to electric powered ones was likely to take decades.
In the meantime the increasing number of electric cars on the road would create commercial opportunities for Shell due to the charge times typically experienced.
Abbot told the Financial Times: “We have a number of countries where we’re looking at having battery charging facilities.
“If you are sitting charging your vehicle, you will want to have a coffee or something to eat.”
It is not known how many petrol stations are earmarked to get the battery charging points.
It is the latest sign of major oil companies adapting their businesses away from fossil fuels to low-carbon energy.
Shell recently unveiled a video of it’s city concept car. Watch the video here.