Shell is making its foray into electric vehicle (EV) charging in Central and Eastern Europe by opening its first high-powered charging station in Hungary, in partnership with charging network operator IONITY, also launching its first Shell Recharge point, Shell’s electric vehicle charging global brand. Both charging points enable drivers to charge their cars on the go at Shell service stations.

“I am pleased, that we’re starting a new chapter in the history of Shell Retail in Central and Eastern Europe today. The region has in the past driven innovations in traditional fuels by launching our premium Shell V-Power fuels and now we enter new era on our journey to offer low-emission transport fuels to our customers”, said István Kapitány, Executive Vice President of Shell Retail.

With opening its first high-powered charging station together with IONITY, on M7 highway next to Lake Balaton in Hungary, Shell will help electric vehicle drivers to make longer-distance journeys easier. Each of four charge points offers the potential of up to 350 kW charging power. The high-powered chargers take up to 10-15 minutes to charge next-generation electric vehicles, making them up to three times faster than current chargers available to drivers.

Marcus Groll, COO, IONITY said, “We are excited to continue the expansion of our network in Central and Eastern Europe, alongside with Shell. IONITY’s chargers are prepared for the advancement of battery technology and EVs of the future. Our network will enable long-distance journeys and help to make electric vehicle ownership a frictionless transition.”

In total, IONITY aims to build 21 charging stations at Shell sites across Central and Eastern Europe covering Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia by the end of 2021.

At the same time Hungary will become the 5th market for Shell in Europe (and 9th for Shell worldwide), where Shell Recharge is being introduced. Its own electric vehicle charging service offering 50kW rapid charging capacity typically provide from 0% to 80% charge in approximately 30 minutes. The service has launched on two sites, on the M7 highway offering EV charging to drivers travelling from Budapest in the direction to Slovenia and Croatia and on the M3 highway. Both will serve for Shell as pilot testing EV service points in the region. The launch price of 1 925 HUF per session[1], to be applied after the initial test period, refers to the year when Shell was founded in Hungary.

Shell is committed to supporting people’s vehicle charging needs – whether they are at home, at work or on the road. This is because Shell believes more people will choose to drive electric vehicles if they can access quick and reliable facilities. “Hungary is currently the most developed electric vehicle market in Central and Eastern Europe and that’s why we have started to develop and test our solutions here. Our ambition is to provide EV charging capabilities at 100 Shell retail sites by the end of 2021 across the region through our own investment or via our partners,” comments Sasha Koliakin, General Manager for Shell Retail in Central and Eastern Europe.

Electric vehicle charging solutions is just one of the ways that Shell is aiming to deliver more and cleaner energy around the world. Shell is also working to enhance the efficiency of traditional fuels and support the development of low-emission transport fuels such as hydrogen, biofuels and natural gas following regional opportunities.

Shell works actively to expand its EV charging stations in Bulgaria in partnership with Eldrive. The company has 11 fast charging stations (50 kW), positioned in 11 Shell retail sites at key locations in the country.

The second IONITY charging station at Shell retail site in Hungary is under construction and is scheduled to open for business by the end of February 2020.


IONITY is headquartered in Munich and was founded in 2017; it is a joint venture of the BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche.
The goal of the joint venture is to build an extensive and reliable 350 kW High-Power-Charging network (HPC) for electric vehicles in Europe to secure comfortable long-distance travel. IONITY has attractive national and international locations through its strong partners. IONITY is an internationally registered trademark.

About IONITY’S high-power charging network

IONITY’s charging technology is able to directly convert AC power to DC via industrially-robust electronics before transmitting it straight into a vehicle’s battery at full velocity. Each charge point offers the potential of up to 350 kW. Smart logic inside the charger means all EVs equipped with CCS will automatically charge at the fastest rate their batteries can safely handle. A vehicle capable of the full 350 kW charging power can be charged in approx. 10-15 minutes, significantly faster than it takes at more common 50 kW charging stations as of today – and three times quicker than current fast chargers. All vehicles using the Combined Charging System (CCS), the most widely adopted EV charging standard in Europe, are compatible with the network.

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About Shell Recharge

Shell Recharge is the name of Shell’s rapid electric vehicle charging service at its stations. The Shell Recharge 50kW rapid DC chargers typically provide from 0% to 80% charge in approximately 30 minutes, and are compatible with most electric vehicles in Hungary. Payments can be made inside the shop at the cash desk per session made.

For more information about electric vehicle charging at Shell, please visit this website


Shell: Petr Sindler +420 737 27 27 40

IONITY: Paul Entwistle +49 151 68 91 70 73

[1] There are no subscription or connection fees associated with Shell Recharge.