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Shell Recharge research suggests increasing EV adoption is driving range confidence


- The Shell Recharge EV Driver Survey 2023 is one of the largest European surveys of Electric Vehicle (EV) drivers, revealing the attitudes of almost 25,000 drivers
- Findings suggest a shift from range anxiety to range confidence, with only 14% of EV drivers saying they refrain from taking longer journeys.

June 23 2023 – New research commissioned by Shell and conducted by LCP Delta suggests electric vehicle (EV) adoption is accelerating in several key European markets and it is having a positive impact on driver perceptions, including range anxiety. The latest findings reflect the record-breaking growth in global EV sales witnessed over the last 12 months.[1]

The Shell Recharge EV Driver Survey 2023 is one of the largest research projects into the attitudes and behaviours of European EV drivers. In its sixth consecutive year, the latest report looks at the view of nearly 25,000 drivers across Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK.

According to the report, two fifths (42%) of the respondents have purchased an EV within the last year and over two thirds (67%) within the last two years. This growth is dominated by the new EV vehicle market, with 87% of current EV drivers buying their vehicle in new condition (the equivalent figure for all vehicles in Europe is just 27%).[2]

Promisingly, the data shows that real-world EV experience, technology advances and growth in charging infrastructure are having a positive impact on driver attitudes:

  • Only 14% of EV drivers say they refrain from taking longer journeys;
  • The number of respondents that are travelling to other European countries by EV, and having a good charging experience, has increased by 5 percentage points, while reluctance to drive abroad because of charging or range concerns is down 7 percentage points and 5 percentage points respectively;
  • Drivers are becoming more relaxed about when EVs are charged, with 47% of respondents saying that they do not need to charge daily.


Florian Glattes, Vice President, E-Mobility Solutions at Shell, said: “The EV adoption growth curve is clear from the data, and it is encouraging to see that many of these drivers are feeling positive about the experience. However, if we are to continue accelerating at pace then industry must listen to the needs of drivers and work together to effectively continue removing barriers into entry and further enhance the customer experience.”

EV driver demands are becoming clearer

One of those demands is a less complex mix of apps and cards in order to access the most value from these services. Nearly a quarter (23%) of drivers have installed four applications to manage and make the most of their EV, and the same figure was quoted for drivers who access public charging infrastructure with four or more charge cards.

However, appetite for a more streamlined and seamless experience is high. In fact, nearly half 47% of respondents say they would prefer to have a single method of accessing all public charge points even if that means they were to pay slightly more per charge.

The research also found a clear link between EV ownership and broader low-carbon lifestyle commitment, which is extending to a willingness to make adaptations to maximise the benefits of their vehicles. Nearly half (47%) of EV drivers have invested in at-home solar power, while 36% have smart home thermostats.

As a result, two thirds of respondents (66%) say they would like their charge point provider to offer them an EV-specific energy tariff; while 48% say they want smart charging services to be offered as part of their charge point deal, and a third (33%) want devices like solar panels and home batteries included.

John Murray, Head of EVs, LCP Delta commented: “The data showcases that EV drivers are often highly engaged energy consumers who understand and are enthusiastic about the role they can play in managing future energy demands. Interestingly, the survey results indicate that EV drivers are willing to adopt intelligent, smart charging to support balancing of the grid and to maximise renewable energy usage. Together with Shell, we have collected a wealth of data which provides nuanced insight into the charging behaviours of EV drivers across Europe. We hope this will help businesses and innovators adapt to an emerging electric world by creating more personalised solutions that meet the evolving needs of EV drivers and further accelerates the electrification of transport.”

An opportunity for partners to join the charging ecosystem

The report outlines several opportunities for businesses to get involved in the charging ecosystem through destination charging. With nearly half (44%) of EV drivers saying they do not have a charge point installed at home, these partners can play an important role in supporting increasing demand and enhance the customer experience.

Glattes, continued: “With EV driver numbers growing, it is becoming increasingly clear what drivers want and need to have a great electric experience: speed, reliability, convenience and experience. We are very proud to be collaborating with industry-leading partners across sectors, including automakers and real estate destinations, to improve those four key areas by offering innovative solutions. I believe businesses not only have a significant potential to add value for EV drivers by entering the charging ecosystem, but also a graspable opportunity to boost their bottom lines.”

From the retailer’s perspective this can potentially unlock new revenue streams by attracting new customers and longer dwell times. In fact, nearly half (49%) of EV drivers already say they choose where to shop and travel based on the availability of charge points, and 57% said they would visit destinations more frequently if they had charge points.

Shell Recharge is raising the standards in public charging by making it faster and easier for customers to use. Through the Shell Recharge app and card offer in Europe, customers can access over 500,000 charge points through its roaming networks across 25 countries.

Shell also collaborates with some of the world’s most recognisable retail brands, such as Waitrose and REWE, to provide destination charging solutions that make shifting to electric as easy and enjoyable as possible for customers.

To find out more about the trends, challenges and opportunities as we accelerate towards mass EV adoption, please download the Shell Recharge EV Driver Survey 2023 at URL.


Notes to editor

About the research

  • Interviews for the 2023 Shell Recharge EV Driver Survey were conducted in January and February 2023 using an email invitation and an online survey.
  • We sampled a total of 24,771 BEV or PHEV drivers in the UK (4,698 respondents), Germany (8,368), France (2,303), Italy (1,364), the Netherlands (6,715), and Belgium (1,305).
  • Survey responses were primarily sourced from customers of the Shell Recharge app and card, which provide access to 500,000 charge points across Europe at Shell’s growing EV charging network and through roaming agreements.


About Shell Mobility

Shell is one of the world’s largest mobility retailers with more than 46,000 Shell-branded mobility locations in more than 80 markets. With Shell Recharge being present in more than 25 countries, we are also one of the largest EV charging companies globally in terms of reach. Every day, around 32 million customers visit our mobility locations for an evolving range of quality fuels, including electric vehicle charging, and convenience and non-fuel products and services. Shell has more than 30,000 public charge points at Shell forecourts, on-street locations, mobility hubs and destinations like supermarkets. Shell intends to own more than 70,000 public EV charge points worldwide by 2025, and 200,000 by 2030.

About LCP Delta

LCP Delta is a leading research and consulting company helping organisations navigate the energy transition. We provide our clients with in-depth expertise through subscription research, consulting advice, data platforms and training. Our clients include many leading global players in the energy, manufacturing, technology and investment sectors. Discover more about our services at www.lcpdelta.com

To request a demo of LCP Delta’s EV Charging Research Service click here.



1 One in every seven passenger cars bought globally in 2022 was an EV, according to a recent report by the International Energy Agency (IEA)

2 Bain, The Outlook for the European Used Car Market, 2023


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