Porsche and Shell establish ultra-rapid charging network in ASEAN
Porsche Asia Pacific and Shell announce they are setting up Southeast Asia’s first cross-border high power charging network. It comprises twelve charging points at six Shell service stations strategically located along Malaysia’s north-south highway.
Electric car drivers will be able to charge up to 180 kW between Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Penang. The chargers come with two CCS connectors, allowing a single vehicle to be charged up to 180 kW or two vehicles to charge simultaneously at up to 90 kW each. Porsche and Shell say they will roll out the service in phases, with four stations ready in the second half of 2021 and two more in the first half of 2022.
“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 charging network across Singapore and Malaysia will serve as a lighthouse project for other countries to follow,” said Matthias Becker, Vice President Region Overseas and Emerging Markets at Porsche.
The new charging points will complement the 175 kW HPC stations available at all Porsche Centers in Malaysia. The German sports carmaker also runs the ‘Porsche Destination Charging’ network in the region with charging points in selected hotels, airports, sports clubs and other contact points.
Porsche Asia Pacific is part of the growth strategy in the region but it is unclear how many Porsche Taycan they have actually sold. In 2020, Porsche had inaugurated a new flagship dealer in the area of Kuala Lumpur and claimed the 3S Porsche Centre Ara Damansara is, to date, the largest dealership in Southeast Asia. Later this year, the company will establish the Porsche Centre Johor Bahru with the “ambition to foster brand experience and exclusivity among current and future Porsche enthusiasts in Malaysia.”
The four Porsche Centres in Malaysia are complemented by said planned six Shell Recharge stations in the country. For the network at hand, add to this another three high power charging stations in Singapore and a further 50 kW spots also in the city-state.
Shell and Porsche are longstanding partners also through their involvement in the HPC network Ionity in Europe.