Shell has announced that it has launched its first electric vehicle (EV) chargers in India for the two- and four-wheeler segments in Bengaluru. India is the first market for Shell to launch chargers for two-wheelers.
The company plans to set up more than 10,000 charging points across India by 2030. It aims to provide safe, green and integrated mobility solutions to its customers through the Shell Recharge stations. The power on the Shell Recharge chargers is 100 percent green energy.
In the first phase of its launch, Shell plans to set up charging stations in Bengaluru across its fuel stations located in Yeshwantpur, Marathalli, Old Madras Road, Brookefield and Kanakpura.
The company also has plans to expand its EV charging infrastructure beyond its existing retail markets of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Telangana, Assam, Andhra Pradesh.
Shell will provide customised charging solutions at on-the-go locations such as Shell fuel stations, standalone EV hubs, home charging and destination locations. For on-the-go and standalone EV hubs, the company will deploy 100 kilowatts (KW) and above direct-current (DC) fast chargers to enable fast charging and the lowest possible dwell time.
Customers will be able to operate these chargers through the Shell Recharge India app. The app provides a hassle-free, reliable EV charging experience to customers, allowing them to locate the nearest available charger, pick a charging method – by unit, time or by percentage – and then make quick payments.
This news comes at a time when India is starting its transition to electric vehicles and several of the big car companies have announced they will build cars in the country. Suzuki recently held a cornerstone laying ceremony to create new sites in India for electric vehicles and batteries.
Back in May, Volkswagen Group and Indian carmaker Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M) had agreed on a collaboration to create electric vehicles (EVs) in the country. The two automakers then announced in August that they intend to continue and expand this cooperation. It’s an exciting time for EV expansion in the country.
Sanjay Varkey, Shell Mobility India director, said, “Being a solution-driven and customer-centric organisation, we have developed a world-class offering for the electric-mobility customers drawing upon our global expertise and capabilities.
“The Shell Rechargeproposition is based on unique insights that we picked up in our research and global experience. This enables us to provide safe, green, and integrated mobility solutions to our customers.
“We are excited to contribute to the electrification of mobility in India by rolling out the Shell Recharge network and look forward to serving the rapidly evolving needs of our customers.”