Spain’s Wenea and Shell-owned NewMotion, both providers of electric vehicle charging services, have reached an interoperability agreement giving improved access to charging infrastructure across Europe.

The arrangement is designed to offer “a single network of reliable, guaranteed and accessible charging points”. Through the collaboration Wenea customers will be able to use the 13,000 public charging stations available from NewMotion, which is to be renamed Shell Recharge Solutions in the New Year. While EV drivers using the Shell Recharge card and app can access Wenea’s charging network in Spain for the first time.

The alliance will materialise through the integration of their respective platforms, which is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2022.

Wenea CEO, Alberto Cantero said, “This interoperability agreement represents an improvement in the coverage of services to our customers, making a wide network of charging stations available to them. Thanks to the roaming technology implemented on our platform, we will be able to serve a large number of new markets, including the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium.”

This agreement, says Wenea, is part of its global objective of “democratising electric vehicle charging” by offering the largest fast and rapid charging network in Europe.

Jean Baptiste Guntzberger, NewMotion’s Regional Manager Southern Europe adds, “Access to charging infrastructure is an important consideration before drivers transition to electric mobility. To provide EV drivers with this much-needed access, roaming partnerships such as this are key. It’s great that with this partnership we have expanded our network with 277 rapid charge points. With our Shell Recharge charge card and app we now offer access to over 250,000 public charge points in 35 countries in Europe, including over 4,250 in Spain.”

Netherlands-based NewMotion was aquired by Shell in 2017 and supports Shell’s goal to operate 500,000 charge points by 2025, including 30,000 public charge points.