Later this year, it will be possible for electric vehicle (EV) owners to drive from Singapore through Malaysia on to Thailand with the availability of a high-performance charging (HPC) network. This is the first HPC network in Southeast Asia that will allow EV owners to travel from end-to-end of the North-South Highway of Malaysia. Incidentally, this is also Shell’s first cross-country EV infrastructure in the region.
Shell’s new 180 kW direct current (DC) high-performance chargers are capable of charging EVs at super-fast speeds. As you know, fast charging times equates to shorter waiting times in between charges, which enables more EVs to use the same charger per day.
The announcement jointly by Shell and Porsche Asia Pacific of the start of operations of a HPC station in Tangkak, Johor marks the start of a network expansion. Through this partnership, there will be 12 charging points at 6 Shell stations1 located strategically along the North-South Highway of Malaysia to allow for more seamless long distance travel.
This infrastructure will help all EV customers to reduce charging time, book and pay via an integrated platform. All EV customers will be able to use the HPC network via a pay-per-use service or an exclusive membership plan, by making reservations via an online booking app. This also allows them to take a break at the Shell Select retail outlet to enjoy some food or beverage from Shell’s deli2go or Costa Coffee while waiting for their vehicle to be recharged. Shell stations are also equipped with restrooms and suraus.
EV customers in Malaysia can make use of Shell’s ParkEasy app to reserve the HPC parking bay up to 60 minutes in advance. Other features include navigation access for EV customers to assist drivers in locating available bays, as well as a parking barrier to ensure the bay’s security while charging.
In Singapore, EV customers can use the Shell-Greenlots app to locate to a large network of public and private charging points, including 18 Shell Recharge rapid charging points conveniently located around island. Other advantages include the ability to locate available charging points, bookmark favoured charging locations, and remotely track the status of a live charging session for maximum convenience.
The DC chargers offer the fastest charging capacity across Malaysia and later right up to Bangkok, Thailand. For example, the Porsche Taycan can be charged from 0% to 80% battery capacity in around 30 minutes, providing up to 390 km (WLTP2) of extra travel distance.
Shell Recharge HPC Pay-Per-Use users pay RM20 for every 5 minutes of stay. All Malaysian EV customers can register for the Shell Recharge Gold subscription plan which includes a 40% discount for the first 10 hours per year i.e. RM12 per 5 minutes for the first 25 minutes.
Especially for Porsche Taycan owners, they will be automatically registered as Platinum members as part of the partnership programme, entitling them to value-added benefits from Shell in both Malaysia and Singapore. Taycan owners will receive an exclusive discount of SGD 0.10 / kWh off the prevailing retail rate in Singapore beginning 16 February 2022. In Malaysia, they will be entitled a 50% discount rate for the first 12 hours per year.
“Decarbonisation is a global challenge that requires broad-reaching, multi-faceted solutions. Our partnership with Porsche in meeting the needs of EV customers today is an important initiative under our Powering Progress strategy to achieve our goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. Together with Porsche, we’ll be working to improve the EV charging experience along a key travel artery connecting three countries in the region,” said Amr Adel, Senior Vice President, Mobility – East, Shell.
“At Porsche, we are committed to driving the future of mobility in South East Asia, as we pursue a carbon neutral balance sheet across our entire value chain by the year 2030. Our partnership with Shell is a result of well-aligned sustainability objectives and will further supplement our range of charging solutions for electric vehicle owners, with specific benefits accorded to Porsche owners. With this new high performance charging network, we are making what was once a vision – long-distance, cross-border emissions-free travel – now a reality,” said Dr Henrik Dreier, Director New Business Fields, Porsche Asia Pacific.
For more information about the Shell Recharge HPC, please visit https://www.shell.com.my/motorists/shell-recharge/shell-recharge-hpc.html.
1 Phase 1 – Tangkak (Johor), Seremban (Negeri Sembilan); Phase 2 – Jalan Ayer Hitam (Johor), Seremban (Negeri Sembilan); Phase 3 – Simpang Pulai (Perak), Tapah (Perak).
2 Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) laboratory test is used to measure fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from passenger cars, as well as their pollutant emissions.