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Southeast Asia is now due to see its first-ever cross-country charging network for electric vehicles (EVs), and it’ll stretch from Penang all the way to Singapore.
On March 31, 2021, Porsche Asia Pacific and Shell announced a collaboration to implement high-speed direct-current (DC) charging for EVs in six different Shell stations between the Malaysian state of Penang and Singapore, with each station to offer two points each.
The designated high-performance charging (HPC) stations will be located along Malaysia’s North-South Highway, and will give EV drivers the chance to go on long-distance road trips without having to worry about running out of power.
The charging points will be equipped with 180 kW DC chargers, which will prove to be the highest charging capacity across both countries, and will come with two CCS Type 2 connectors. This will allow a single EV to be charged at up to 180 kW, or two separate EVs to get filled up at 90 kW each.
These charging points will be implemented in stages, with four stations to be ready in the second half of 2021 and the final two stations to be completed by the first half of 2022.
IMAGE: Shell and Porsche Asia Pacific
These stations will add to an already existing network of charging points in Shell stations and Porsche centers across Malaysia and Singapore, which include a number of 50 kW fast charge points in Malaysia and Singapore and 175 kW chargers already available at all Porsche centers in Malaysia.
Also, due to Porsche’s involvement, Shell will also be offering additional benefits to Porsche users by allowing them to reserve HPC points in Malaysia well in advance via the use of a mobile app, as well as discounts for food and beverages at Shell Select outlets.
This development should serve as a boost to the EV market in Southeast Asia, which has lagged behind other regions by some margin. Due to a lack of infrastructure and proper planning for the accommodation of EVs, vehicles sold in the region still mostly run on petrol or diesel.
The addition of more charging stations, however, will no doubt serve to increase the appetite for EVs amongst drivers in the market, and it could be soon before a wider selection of EVs become available for road users looking for a new vehicle that is preferably more efficient and eco-friendly.
“While the question of future electric mobility is a global one, Southeast Asia amply
demonstrates the complexity and diversity of both the challenges and opportunities that lie
ahead,” said Amir Adel, the Senior Vice President of Mobility East at Shell.
“As more customers adopt EVs and governments look to meet their climate goals, the partnership between Porsche and Shell is one of many examples on how industry players must come together to play a vital role to help the transportation sector decarbonise and pave way for cleaner mobility solutions for customers.”
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