Porsche Asia Pacific and Shell announce today the launch of the first Shell High Performance Charging (HPC) site in Bang Yai, Bangkok. This HPC site launch marks the start of the construction of a total of eleven 180 kW and 360 kW direct-current (DC) chargers at eleven Shell stations located throughout Thailand, enabling seamless emission-free travel within the country.
When the network is operationalised in H1 2023, the HPC network in Thailand will also plug in to a wider regional Shell HPC network of six locations in Malaysia and three locations in Singapore, making emission-free travel possible across a distance of more than 2,200 kilometres on all three South East Asian nations - more than 800,000 square kilometres of land mass.
The joint initiative between Porsche Asia Pacific and Shell will then become the longest emission-free driving route in South East 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 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, eleven Shell stations in Thailand will be outfitted 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.
At 180 kW charging speeds, a Porsche Taycan can go from a 0% State of Charge (SoC) to 80% in around 30 minutes, providing up to 390 km (WLTP) of driving range. At 270 kW, the maximum rate at which the Taycan can be charged, this figure is reduced to just over 22 minutes.
In addition to making emission-free travel possible along a 2,200-kilometre corridor across Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, this partnership also accords special benefits to new Porsche Taycan owners.
New Taycan owners in Thailand receive complimentary Platinum membership for three years; during this time, they enjoy a host of benefits, including 50% off the Pay-Per-Use (PPU) rate, complimentary pre-reservation up to one 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.
All electric vehicle 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.