Shell rolling out electric vehicle charging points

Shell's retail general manager Aarti Nagarajan, Economic Development Board managing director Chng Kai Fong and Ms Aw Kah Peng, chairman of Shell companies in Singapore, launching Shell's first electric vehicle charger in Singapore yesterday at the Du
Shell's retail general manager Aarti Nagarajan, Economic Development Board managing director Chng Kai Fong and Ms Aw Kah Peng, chairman of Shell companies in Singapore, launching Shell's first electric vehicle charger in Singapore yesterday at the Dutch oil giant's Sengkang station at 61 Sengkang East Road. It is offering a 50kW DC fast-charger, whereas most public charging points here are slow-chargers.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Sengkang station equipped with fast-charger, and nine others will have it by October; cost is 55 cents per kWh

Shell has become the first fuel retailer here to offer electric vehicle charging points at its stations.

Following what it has done in its network in Britain, the Netherlands and China, the Dutch oil giant has equipped its Sengkang station - at 61 Sengkang East Road - with a 50kW direct current (DC) fast-charger.

Nine other stations across the island will have this facility - dubbed Shell Recharge - by October. Shell has 57 stations in Singapore.

But unlike the other markets, Singapore has a negligible electric vehicle (EV) population.

According to the Land Transport Authority, there are only about 1,100 EVs here, accounting for 0.1 per cent of the total vehicle population.

Shell Recharge charges 55 cents per kWh, slightly higher than the rates at some other fast-chargers here.

Shell said the move is part of its strategy to "meet Singaporeans' evolving demand for convenience and mobility solutions".

 
 
 

Part of this involves revamping its network of stations and stocking its station stores with items carrying its own food label, Deli by Shell.

Close to 60 per cent of its network has been upgraded, with the rest scheduled to be done by the end of next year.

The move to set up 50kW DC chargers - which can juice up a battery-powered car in 30 minutes - also follows findings from a Shell-commissioned study.

Polling 1,000 people aged 18 and above online last month, Shell found that one-quarter of respondents were open to buying an electric car in the next 24 months, even as half of them feel it is impossible to own one if they live in a high-rise because of a lack of access to a charging station.

Ms Aarti Nagarajan, Shell's retail general manager, said: "Our insights show that Singaporeans worry about lack of sufficient and fast-charging options for EVs.

"This is why we are taking the first step to launch Shell Recharge and offering customers a rapid-charging solution at convenient and strategic locations."

Most public EV charging points here are slow-chargers, which take several hours to recharge depleted batteries.

DC fast-chargers can do so at a fraction of the time, but they make up a small percentage of the network, with few located under shelter and with immediate access to food and beverage.

Ms Nagarajan added: "With Shell Recharge, customers can easily charge their EVs while they enjoy our air-conditioned shops and pick up a coffee, a fresh pastry, a delicious ready-to-go meal or a quick snack."

Shell Recharge points are being set up by Shell-owned Greenlots, which has an islandwide network of more than 100 public and private charging stations at 50 locations.

Energy provider Singapore Power aims to have 1,000 EV charging points by next year, with 250 of them being DC fast-chargers. Some 19 of its DC fast-chargers are already up.

And 99 charging points in EV-sharing firm BlueSG's network are also open to the public, but these are slow-chargers.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 20, 2019, with the headline 'Shell rolling out electric vehicle charging points'. Print Edition | Subscribe