Shell Thailand, in collaboration with BMW Group Thailand, has installed a rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging facility at a Shell station on Kanchanaphisek Road.
The EV charging facility is a joint effort from the two companies to support Thailand's e-mobility system, given the need for energy sustainability and increasing domestic demand for EVs. This new service allows drivers to charge their cars at Shell's flagship service station.
Shell Recharge, a rapid EV charging facility on Kanchanaphisek Road in partnership with BMW ChargeNow's EV charging station include three connectors: two DC quick-charge units with a CCS type-2 socket, which can provide up to an 80% charge for an electric car within 30 minutes; and an AC normal charge unit that can fully charge an EV in 3-4 hours.
The 50-kilowatt charging stations work with every EV brand, including plug-in hybrids and battery electric cars.
Initially, the chargers will be provided for free to Shell customers during the special introductory period, before developing a fee structure in the future.
"Shell is introducing a new transport solution that is friendly to society and the environment. We bring our global experience and expertise in EV charging stations to deliver a new standard in Thailand under the brand Shell Recharge. Our partnership with BMW helps strengthen our leading position in energy innovation in Thailand," said Ruengsak Sritanawiboonchai, acting executive director of retail business at Shell Thailand.
"Shell Recharge is set to serve as the country's main EV charging station service provider of choice, in addition to delivering Shell's high-quality fuels."
By 2030, Thailand aims to produce at least 750,000 EVs a year.
The Thai government announced a roadmap to make the country an EV hub within Asean by 2025 and is collaborating with various parties to increase the number of EV charging stations in the country.
"This cooperation with Shell marks the first BMW ChargeNow DC quick charger in the country and forges a solid foundation for electric mobility that allows us to further drive the adoption of electric mobility in Thailand," said Alexander Baraka, president of BMW Group Thailand.
"We look forward to developing a stronger infrastructure that sustainably paves the way to a greener future in Thailand," he said.