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07 08 2018 04

The transition from fossil fuel-reliant vehicles won’t happen overnight, but one thing is becoming clear: The future of transport is very much electric.

Against that backdrop, a fledgling electric car-charging company called Ample today announced that it has raised a fairly chunky $31 million series A round of funding led by Shell Ventures, the investment arm of multinational oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell (“Shell”). Other participants include Moore Strategic Ventures, Repsol Energy Ventures, Hemi Ventures, and TriRec.

Among the big obstacles facing EV uptake is the range available from a typical charge, the time it takes for vehicles to charge, and the availability of charging stations outside of busy cities. Not a great deal is known about Ample — its website is still pretty much a holding page for what’s to come. But according to a statement issued by the startup earlier today, it has invented an “economical, rapidly deployable, and widely accessible platform that delivers a full charge to any electric car in minutes.” To do so, Ample said it uses autonomous robotics and smart battery technology.

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