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Shell to pilot faster-charging, solar-powered stations for EVs in Singapore

Shell to pilot faster-charging, solar-powered stations for EVs in Singapore

THREE Shell service stations in Tampines, Pasir Ris and Lakeview will soon be powered by solar energy and offer significantly faster charging services for electric vehicles (EVs). The Energy Market Authority (EMA) and Shell have jointly awarded a research grant to a consortium led by local solar company Eigen Energy, to pilot the stations by early 2022.

The new stations will add to Shell’s network of 18 stations with EV charging services across the island. However, they will offer much shorter charging times – up to three times faster – than the 50 kilowatt rapid direct current chargers deployed at the existing stations. The latter typically provide up to an 80 per cent charge in about 30 minutes, depending on the EV model.

In another first for Shell in Singapore, the new stations will be partially powered by solar photovoltaic panels, and equipped with energy storage systems (ESS) to mitigate intermittency due to weather conditions. A smart energy management system will also be deployed.

“As the drive towards a lower carbon future intensifies, Shell is supporting the country’s push towards more sustainable development by offering faster EV charging which would provide drivers with more choices in decarbonisation,” said Aw Kah Peng, chairman of Shell Companies in Singapore.

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