The borders are closed and road trips to Malaysia from Singapore are currently out of the question.
But when conditions allow for cross-border travel to resume, some electric vehicle (EV) owners may be able to consider taking their rides on long road trips.
Porsche Asia Pacific and Shell will be offering a high-performance charging network to cater to EV drivers. Six Shell stations located along the North-South highway will each be equipped with a 180kW DC charger.
Each charger comes with two CCS Type 2 connectors, allowing a single vehicle to be charged at 180kW, or two vehicles to be simultaneously charged at 90kW each.
These 180kW chargers can charge the Taycan from zero to 80 percent battery capacity in 30 minutes. Distance-wise, this gives the Taycan approximately 350km (NEDC) of extra travel distance.
Such a network would theoretically allow an EV like the Porsche Taycan to be driven from Singapore to Penang, Malaysia. Four stations will be ready in the second half of 2021, while the remaining two will come online in the first half of 2022.
These sites will be integrated in the existing Shell charging networks, comprising 18 Shell Recharge 50kW fast charge points at Shell stations and 87 Greenlots public charge points in Singapore.
There are also 18 “Reserve + Shell Recharge” charge points in Malaysia.
Shell’s network complements the 175kW high performance chargers available at all Porsche Centres in Malaysia, as well as the growing “Porsche Destination Charging” network at selected hotels, airports, sports clubs, and other lifestyle venues.
“The ASEAN markets hold strong potential for Porsche to unlock and we see an opportunity to shape electric mobility in the region.”
“Our high-performance charging network across Singapore and Malaysia will serve as a lighthouse project for other countries to follow,” said Matthias Becker, Vice President Region Overseas and Emerging Markets of Porsche AG.
“The Porsche and Shell partnership redefines performance in charging for Southeast Asia, offering an assurance of both speed and range for drivers of electric cars, such as the Porsche Taycan.”
“Inspired by a shared passion for adventures on the road, we are committed to delivering a fascinating electric mobility experience characterised by the features that are decisive for Porsche: pure emotion and maximum driving pleasure,” says Arthur Willmann, Chief Executive Officer of Porsche Asia Pacific.