Charge your EV effortlessly with the Shell Recharge RFID card
Say goodbye to multiple cards and apps - the Shell Recharge card is all you need for easy, streamlined EV charging.
Charging your electric vehicle has never been easier. With the Shell Recharge card, you can access over 10,000 public EV charging points across the UK, and a total of 300,000 across Europe. Plus, it's free to order and use. Say goodbye to the hassle of multiple different cards and apps - the Shell Recharge card simplifies the payment process and allows you to use one card, account, and payment method across the whole network. And, with favourable rates, you could save money while you charge. It's as easy as swipe, charge, and go.
What is an RFID card for EV charging
An RFID card for electric vehicle charging, also known as a Radio Frequency Identity Card, allows for contactless, encrypted data exchange when used at a public charging point. That’s the technical description, but in short, it’s a card that you can use to pay for charging your EV.
Many charge point providers bundle multiple networks together so you can use the same EV charge card across various networks. The Shell Recharge is an example of this, we have Shell Recharge and 395 other roaming partners in our network. This means you get more thorough coverage but eliminates the need for multiple cards. Just use the one card at any of the 300,000 charge points you see in the Shell Recharge app.
How to order and activate your free RFID charge card
1. Download the app
The Shell Recharge app is available on both the App Store and Google Play
2. Order your card
Once registered in the app, order a free charge card in the charge card section.
3. Activate your charge card
It will arrive in 5 working days, once it does, activate it in the app and you’re ready!
You can expect your free Shell Recharge card to arrive within 5 working days. Once you receive it, you need to activate it in the app. Just head to the “Charge card” section of your account where you will be guided through the process. You’ll need to have the physical card handy when you are ready to activate. The app will ask you to scan the card by placing the card in the highlighted box on the screen of your phone. It does this to scan the unique charge card number, but you can also enter the number manually. It’s very easy and will only take a few minutes.
Download the app to order your free card
We recommend using the Shell Recharge card in conjunction with the app. Not only does it give access to every charge point in the network but it also provides many other benefits. You can see tariffs upfront, receive payment receipts and even take advantage of more competitive rates for DC charging. You can also keep track of your charging history and see updates on your charging status. Plus, download the app to order your free charge card.
Where to you use an electric car charging card
With an activated card you can charge at any of the available charge points you see in the Shell Recharge app. Shell Recharge card holders can travel seamlessly through the UK and Europe, using one charge card for all their charging needs. In fact you just need one charge card, account, and payment method across the entire Shell Recharge network.
It is worth noting here that you can still charge without a charge card. However, this will reduce availability, as you are only able to use app-enabled charge points. You can filter for this in the app.
The great benefit of using an RFID card for EV charging is that it allows access to thousands of charge points
- Access to over 10,000 public EV charging points across the UK
- 140+ on-forecourt charge points in the UK. - Including rapid 50 kW chargers and ultra-rapid 150 kW/ 175 kW chargers.
- Plus, more than 300,000 public charge points across Europe
Benefits of using our electric car charging card
300,000 charge points
Access to every charge point in the Shell Recharge network (and app)
Swipe and charge wherever you go
No hidden fees
No subscription fees and free to use
Receive one consolidated monthly invoice
Record and review your charging history
Use the same charge card, account, and payment method across the network
Upgrade your charging with the Shell recharge app and card
Use our app in conjunction with the charge card for even easier, more streamlined and reliable charging. Download the Shell Recharge app to get your free card now.
How to use an EV charge card
Find a charge point
Look for a convenient charge point using the Shell Recharge app
Connect your charge cable to the car and in the socket of the charger.
Tap the RFID-reader with your charge card
Make sure your Shell Recharge card has been activated before use.
End the charge
When you are done charging, just tap the top of the charge point again to finish.
You're all done
Don’t forget to remove the cable after tapping.
Using your Shell Recharge card for home charging
The Shell Recharge card is a convenient and secure way to start a charge session at home. Please note there are a few ways to start charging your EV at home but regardless of your settings, you must have an activated Shell Recharge RFID card to use your home charge point.
Starting a charge at home
If you enable “charge card” mode, you can control who has access to your charge point. By adding a specific charge card to your account, the RFID user technology will recognise the card and give authorised users access to your charge point. Meaning you can share with friends and family but never need to worry about anyone using your charge point without permission.
Use our charge card across the entire network of over 300,000 charge points
The Shell Recharge public charging network makes EV charging easy and convenient. Find a charge point and start enjoying seamless charging across the UK and Europe.
Charging at Shell is even easier with a charge card
We’re growing our network to offer fast and convenient ways to charge your EV. When you charge with Shell there are lots of services that will upgrade your experience, including easy, transparent payments with your Shell Recharge card.
Frequently asked questions about EV charge cards
You do not need a charge card to charge your EV. You can pay-as-you-go with a contactless card at selected charge points. By scanning a QR code on the charge point, you can set up a one-time payment transaction. Be aware that not all charge points allow for ad hoc charging or contactless payments.
We strongly recommend using the Shell Recharge card and app, not only does it give access to every charge point in the network but it also provides many other benefits. You can see tariffs upfront and even take advantage of more competitive rates for DC charging. You can also keep track of your charging history. And don’t forget that with contactless payments, you won’t be able to see live updates on your charging status or receive a payment receipt.
There are several options for charging an electric car, including RFID cards, mobile apps, and credit cards. Some charging networks may have their own branded card, while others accept multiple payment options.
With the Shell Recharge card, you only need one card to access the entire network of 300,000 charge points. Download the app to order your free charge card today.