Beginning this month, you can quickly recharge your electric vehicle (EV) at 10 Shell petrol stations islandwide.
By October 2019, nine more stations will get the DC fast chargers.
These stations are: Newton (Hooper Rd), Alexandra, Yishun, Ang Mo Kio, Paya Lebar PIE, Choa Chu Kang, Boon Lay, Havelock and Bukit Batok West.
Use Shell’s handy website to look for your nearest Shell Recharge station.
What is Shell Recharge and how fast can it top up my EV?
Each Shell Recharge station gets 50kW rapid DC chargers which can top up an EV from 0 to 80 percent in around 30 minutes, Shell says.
Charging is priced at $0.55 per kWh. Shell said the chargers will be compatible with “most” electric vehicles in Singapore.
There are no connection fees and customers pay only for the power they use.
Aside from fast DC charging, AC Type 2 connections delivering 43kW are also available.
Shell Recharge is powered by subsidiary Greenlots’ EV charging network management software.
Greenlots, which Shell acquired in January 2019, has a network of more than 100 public and private charging stations island-wide in 50 locations.
You have to download and register for a Driver account on the Greenlots app, and most major credit cards are accepted as payment.
For a limited time, customers can also opt to vacuum clean their car while it is being charged.
What does this mean for EVs in Singapore?
The 10 stations outfitted with Shell Recharge represent around 20 percent of Shell’s retail network in Singapore.
According to Shell Retail Singapore’s general manager Aarti Nagarajan, Singaporeans are worried about the “lack of sufficient and fast charging options”.
“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,” Ms Nagarajan said.
Shell Recharge is a first for both Singapore and South-east Asia as far as letting customers recharge their cars at petrol stations is concerned.
According to a Shell-commissioned study, around 52 percent of Singaporeans are don’t buy or use an electric car as they think there are “not enough” charging stations in Singapore.
“To meet the country’s climate action goals, Singapore needs more and cleaner energy solutions to power lives, businesses and transport sustainably, said country chairman of Shell Companies in Singapore Aw Kah Peng.
Mr Aw added Shell will make more low-carbon energy solutions available in Singapore “in the months and years to come”.
Head to www.shell.com.sg/recharge for more info.