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Petrol and diesel drivers to be affected by major new fuel station changes within years


Experts warn some petrol stations are likely to be “completely taken over” for electric charging in key areas such as city centres. The updates would see petrol and diesel pumps become an “ancillary service” to electric pumps as more drivers make the switch to greener transport.

Companies are likely to begin making small changes to fit more electric charging stations in forecourts over the coming years.

However, the 2030 petrol and diesel car ban could signal major changes for road infrastructure which could have massive consequences for owners of traditional models.

Ian Johnston, CEO of Osprey Charging said petrol and diesel pumps would still be available but this would be a reduced service to cover the small segment” who hadn’t switched t0 electric vehicles.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “Today if you visit a site where there are maybe 12 petrol and diesel pumps and there are a few ancillary services around the site.

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“Whilst you’ll see certain sites being completely taken over for electric vehicle charging, I’m sure there will always be an ancillary service of petrol and diesel going forwards.

“The electrical infrastructure has to be legally a certain distance away from that fuel infrastructure anyway.”

Some companies have already started making changes with Shell promising to expand their Recharge service over the next decade.

The service currently boasts 100 rapid charging plugs with this expected to double by the end of 2021.

Shell says there are plans to increase the network to 5,000 plush on forecourts by 2025 with more locations also planned.

The Government has also made commitments to the cause with plans to have around 12,.500 high powered charge points across England’s motorways and A roads by 2030.

By 2035, this is expected to more than double to 6,000 high powered chargepoints across major routes.

Mr Osprey added it was likely drivers would see “two different tyres” of petrol station emerging as more focus is given to electric vehicles.

He told Express.co.uk: “What you will see in the next decade is the services co-locating.

“There will definitely be two different types [of petrol station] because there will be two different types of designs.

“The sites that already have the infrastructure for petrol and diesel will I’m sure continue to do that.

“Shell are already installing their first electric-only fuel court.

“I think there will be new build sites which are just electric and there will be some sites which are so important they simply just have to transition the whole site over to electric.

“Especially in city centres where the petrol and diesel cars won’t be allowed to drive anywhere.

“In the rural areas where there are naturally more petrol and diesel vehicles there will still be customer demand to [offer fuel].”

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