Porsche Asia Pacific and Shell to set-up high performance EV charging network in Southeast Asia

By CARSIFU | 31 March 2021

SINGAPORE/KUALA LUMPUR: Porsche Asia Pacific and Shell are teaming up to implement Southeast Asia’s first cross-border high performance charging (HPC) network with 12 charge points at six Shell stations strategically located along Malaysia’s North-South Expressway.

This move would allow electric vehicle (EV) drivers to travel between Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Penang with greater convenience and confidence.

Porsche's only EV model in Malaysia is the Taycan which promises a single charge driving range of around 400km.

The partnership further demonstrates the commitment between Porsche and Shell to drive the future of electric mobility in Southeast Asia by spearheading connectivity between the two countries.

“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 network across Singapore and Malaysia will serve as a lighthouse project for other countries to follow,” said Porsche AG's Region Overseas and Emerging Markets vice-president Matthias Becker.

Shell Mobility East senior vice-president Amr Adel said while the question of future electric mobility is a global one, Southeast Asia amply demonstrated the complexity and diversity of both the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

"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,” he said.

Under the venture, six Shell stations will be equipped with 180kW direct-current (DC) chargers, offering the highest charging capacity across Singapore and Malaysia.

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The chargers come with two CCS Type 2 charging connectors, allowing a single vehicle to be charged at up to 180kW, or two vehicles to charge simultaneously at up to 90kW each.

The offering will be rolled out in stages with four stations to be ready in the second half of 2021 and two additional stations by the first half of 20221

The 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, as well as 18 “Reserve + Shell Recharge” charge points in Malaysia.

Furthermore, they will complement the established 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.

As electric mobility starts gaining momentum in Singapore and Malaysia, the network will enable smooth, convenient, and reliable electric road trips between the two countries.

Once launched, the chargers will be available for all EVs that utilise the CCS Type 2 charging connector, which is widely used across both countries, with Porsche customers enjoying special rates at Shell Recharge.

Shell’s new 180kW high performance chargers are equipped to charge the Taycan from zero to 80% battery capacity in around 30 minutes, providing up to 390km (WLTP) of extra travel distance.

Shell is also offering additional benefits to Porsche customers such as reserving the HPC points in Malaysia in advance using their mobile app, and preferential prices for food and beverages at the Shell Select shops.

Porsche Asia Pacific chief executive officer Arthur Willmann said the Porsche and Shell partnership redefines performance in charging for Southeast Asia by offering an assurance of both speed and range for drivers of electric cars, such as the 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,” he said.