By the first half of 2023, it would be possible to drive a Porsche Taycan from Singapore through Malaysia and into Thailand (as far north as Phayuha Khiri district) as an integrated charging network will be available. Earlier in 2021, Porsche Asia Pacific and Shell had announced a joint initiative to establish an EV high-performance charging (HPC) network from Singapore up to Penang, Malaysia. Now on the Thailand side, Porsche Asia Pacific and Shell have launched the first Shell HPC site in Bang Yai, Bangkok.
This HPC site launch marks the start of the construction of 11 Shell locations for 180 kW and 360 kW direct-current (DC) chargers throughout Thailand. Not only will this enable seamless EV travel within Thailand, it will also be the first cross-country charging network in Southeast Asia.
Once the HPC network in Thailand is up and running in 2023, it will plug in to the wider regional Shell HPC network of 6 locations in Malaysia and 3 in Singapore. By then, emission-free travel will be possible across a distance of more than 2,200 kilometres through all 3 countries. That’s more than 800,000 square kilometres of land mass. This partnership between Porsche Asia Pacific and Shell will then become the longest emission-free driving route in Southeast Asia, enabling long-distance travel for all electric vehicle owners.
“At Porsche, we remain committed to driving the future of mobility in South East Asia, as we reaffirm our ambition to become net carbon neutral across our value chain in 2030. Our long-standing and trusted partnership with Shell now reaches a new milestone, as we open up the first Shell High Performance Charging site here in Bangkok. With specific benefits accorded to Porsche Taycan owners, and a network length that now spans more than 2,200 kilometres, we look forward to more consumers benefiting from long-distance, emission-free travel, and encouraging more customers to make the switch to electromobility,” said Dr. Henrik Dreier, Director New Business Fields, Porsche Asia Pacific.
“EV drivers are looking for a charging experience that is faster and more convenient, and for ways to reduce emissions from their driving,” said Amr Adel, Senior Vice President for Shell Mobility Asia. “With the world’s borders opening further, drivers are also looking for more reliable charging points, especially for long distances across countries. As the first HPC infrastructure EV network in Southeast Asia and Shell’s first cross-country EV infrastructure in the region, that is precisely what our Shell Recharge EV network offers. Today’s launch reinforces our successful partnership with Porsche and extends our growing HPC network through Singapore, Malaysia to Thailand, to increasingly help EV drivers to charge wherever they need to. Shell is determined to play a vital role in the energy transition through decarbonising mobility, by collaborating with our partners and customers,” Adel added.
Through this partnership, 11 Shell stations in Thailand will be fitted with 180 kW and 360 kW DC chargers, offering the fastest charging capacity in the country and allowing for emission-free travel from the southern province of Songkhla, to the northern province of Chiang Mai.
With the 180 kW charger, a Porsche Taycan can go from a 0% State of Charge (SoC) to 80% in about 30 minutes, providing up to 390 km (WLTP) of driving range. At 270 kW, the maximum rate at which the Taycan can be charged, charging time gets reduced to just over 22 minutes.
In addition to making emission-free travel possible along a 2,200-km corridor across Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, this partnership also accords special benefits to new Porsche Taycan owners.
New Taycan owners in Thailand will receive complimentary Platinum membership for 3 years. During this time, they can enjoy a host of benefits, including 50% off the Pay-Per-Use (PPU) rate, complimentary charger pre-reservation up to 1 hour before arriving at any Shell HPC site, and 10,000 Shell GO+ points for redeeming discounts on Shell products and services.
In Thailand and Malaysia, users of the Sharge and ParkEasy apps will enjoy an even more seamless experience, as both apps will be integrated to allow access to the entire network of Shell HPC and Porsche Destination Charging sites in both countries.
Furthermore, all EV owners in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand will also be able to use the Shell HPC Network via a PPU rate, or subscribe to a membership plan according preferential rates.