Budapest - Shell Hungary zRt. and TESCO-GLOBAL Áruházak Zrt. are partnering to make EV charging more convenient with Shell Recharge stations at Tesco stores, providing nationwide coverage. By 2025, Shell will install EV chargers at more than 100 Tesco store locations. The partnership supports Shell’s target to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050. Tesco has a commitment to reach net-zero in their own operations by 2035, and across their whole footprint by 2050.

In the first phase of the partnership, existing charge points installed by Tesco will become part of the Shell Recharge network, and Shell will install further charging points, totalling more than 100 Tesco locations over the next three years. A combination of 22kW and 50 kW fast-charging points are expected to be installed at Tesco car parks and will enable customers to conveniently recharge their EVs while shopping. All charging points will be powered by 100% renewable electricity.

Commenting on the announcement, Sarolta Vecsey, Head of the Mobility Business Unit of Shell Hungary zRt. said, "At Shell, our goal is to ensure that EV charging is comfortable and convenient for customers. By providing them with the opportunity to charge their car at a parking place during another activity, in this case their daily shopping, they get a fast and easy-to-use service, tailored to the specific needs of electric vehicle users. Thanks to the partnership with Tesco, we will be able to expand an efficient nationwide EV charging network in a short time period."

Zsolt Pálinkás, CEO of Tesco Hungary added “Tesco has led the way in reducing emissions. We were the first FTSE 100 company to commit to science-based targets in line with the Paris Agreement's 1.5 C target. In 2021/22, we achieved an absolute reduction in our operations of 52% against a 2015 baseline. Expanding our existing e-charger network is part of our wider commitment to addressing the environmental challenges that matter most to our customers, colleagues, and communities. Our EV network provides a sustainable choice for our customers and charging while they shop is another little help to make their lives easier.”

The development of destination charging with Tesco is an important step for the Shell Recharge network. This means that customers recharge their EVs when they park at a location they visit primarily for other activities, such as shopping. The demand for this service is growing, with research showing that 32% of people who charge their electric car say they have eaten or drunk something during the charging time, 29% have bought food and 28% have bought other retail products.

Thanks to the partnership with Tesco, Shell is further expanding its existing EV charging infrastructure in Hungary, which will enable the company to offer its individual and fleet customers an EV charging service with nationwide coverage at specified charging points.

Shell currently operates more than 100 000 public and private charging points worldwide and plans to operate over 500 000 by 2025. Shell Hungary zRt. will continue to increase its Shell Recharge branded EV charging network at both Shell stations and other locations in Hungary. EV charging is currently available at 9 Shell forecourts, including six Shell Recharge locations and three Ionity locations. The Shell Recharge network in Hungary supports Shell's ambition to become a global leader in EV charging, while building on Shell's Powering Progress strategy, in which Shell has aims to become a net-zero emissions energy company by 2050 and to help its customers decarbonise through the energy transition by providing low-carbon or carbon-neutral fuels.

Further information

The two companies are strategic partners in the Hungarian market:

  • They have been working together since 2009, when Shell leased 41 sites from Tesco.
  • You can find the current list of Shell-Tesco Mini-stores here.

About Shell Hungary zRt

Shell Hungary zRt. was registered in Hungary in 1925. It operates an extensive network of service stations across the country, and it is one of the largest international energy companies in Hungary. The company offers its customers high quality fuels as well as a wide range of services, including the ClubSmart loyalty programme, the Carbon Compensation Programme, Shell Café, Tesco Minishops and free forecourt services. For more details, please visit

About TESCO-GLOBAL Áruházak Zrt.

With more than 25 years of operation in Hungary, Tesco has become a major player of the Hungarian economy. Its 198 stores in Hungary serve an average of 2 million customers a week with fresh food. Its self-checkout counters, smartphone applications, Click&Collect and Scan Shop services make everyday shopping easier.

Tesco’s online channel, convenience stores and hypermarkets bring affordable and high-quality products closer to the customers every day, discounts on which are offered through the Clubcard loyalty programme. Tesco Home delivery service covers nearly 2.5 million households in the country, while orders of durable and non-food products from the Tesco Box Webshop are available nationwide. Foodpanda riders pick up and hand over deliveries in up-to 30 minutes from over 60 Tesco shops, and a growing number of Shell-Tesco Minishops serve drivers at the fuel stations.

As an employer Tesco provides a supportive environment and ideal opportunities for current and future employees with flexible conditions and in-house trainings. In addition, the company is an active supporter of local communities, the fight against climate change and food waste and promoting healthy eating.

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