Ionity, a joint venture between OEMs to develop infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs), has partnered with Shell to roll out charging points across its petrol stations.

The venture, which involves BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen, was launched only a few weeks ago. It said the collaboration with Shell will allow it to install infrastructure across ten European countries, including the UK.

Other partnerships across Europe include German autobahn company Tank & Rast, Austrian oil producer OMV and Norway-headquartered convenience store chain Circle K.

Ionity says that through the agreements it has secured over half of the 400 charging sites it plans to have by 2020, with 20 sites already under realisation.

Marcus Groll, chief operating officer of Ionity, said: “The agreements with these prestigious partners constitute an important initial milestone in our relatively short company history. So in the future, we will be able to offer a large number of fast charging stations at attractive sites along major roads in Europe.”

Outside the partnership, Shell already opened its first few EV charging stations in the UK last month.

The UK parliament is currently examining the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill, which would allow the government to make it mandatory for retailers to install charging points at petrol stations.