Shell opens first EV charging facility in Hong Kong
Shell Hong Kong Limited announced the opening of its first ever Shell Recharge site in Hong Kong at Green Code, Fanling, providing electric vehicle (EV) charging service to EV drivers. With this move, Shell becomes the first oil and gas company in Hong Kong to offer EV charging facilities.
The first ever Shell Recharge site is located in Green Code (1 Ma Sik Road, Fanling) at the second floor of its parking lot. The facility is equipped with two units of 120kW rapid direct current (DC) chargers, serving a total of four charging positions at a speed of 60-120kW, which typically delivers from 10% to 80% charge in 40-55 minutes for most EVs in Hong Kong. The newer EV models can even be charged in 25 minutes. Shell Recharge at Green Code is powered by HALO, an innovation and technology company funded by Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks. HALO is committed to developing a complete EV charging and management system, to provide EV drivers a more convenient and superior charging experience.
Shell Recharge at Green Code will offer trials to selected customers at the beginning of its opening, and is expected to be fully opened to the public in the first week of January 2022. To make the recharging process seamless and save the hassles from queuing, drivers can book the charging service and process payment via the Shell Recharge website or the to-be-released Shell Recharge mobile app.
Shell Hong Kong’s pioneering move to provide EV charging reflects the brand’s ambitions to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050 in step with the society. It also plans to open its first on-site EV charging facility at its new Airport Cargo Station in the first quarter of 2022, making it the only mobility solution provider in Hong Kong to own an EV charging network covering both on-the-go (filling station) and destination charging facilities (off-site/carpark). Globally, Shell aims to grow its EV charging network to over 500,000 charging points by 2025, including 30,000 public charging points on its retail sites and at third party destinations.
With its foray into EV charging, Shell is uniquely positioned to cater to the growing trend of EVs in Hong Kong. According to data from the Environmental Protection Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government, the total number of EVs in the city at the end of October 2021 was over 25,200, representing about 2.7% of the total number of vehicles in Hong Kong. These vehicles could be recharged at private charging points or more than 4,600 EV chargers available for public use across the city, operated by more than 10 EV charging service providers including utility companies, car manufacturers, and site landlords.
“Shell Hong Kong supports the Hong Kong SAR Government’s EV roadmap and carbon neutrality target. As a leading player in our sector, Shell welcomes any opportunity to contribute our expertise in energy transition to accelerate the adoption of low carbon transport in Hong Kong and help the city achieve its net-zero carbon emission goal,” said Anne Yu, managing director, Shell Hong Kong Limited.
“The launch of our first-ever EV charging facility is a testament to Shell’s commitment to Hong Kong’s decarbonisation journey. Q1 2022 will also mark the launch of Shell’s first on-site EV charging facility at our filling station in Chek Lap Kok, and we are thrilled to enhance our EV capabilities to meet Hong Kong’s growing sustainability needs in the transport sector. It remains our endeavour to collaborate with the government and other stakeholders to realise the city’s goal of net-zero carbon emission,” said Emily Leung, general manager of Mobility, commenting on the expansion of Shell’s mobility offerings in Hong Kong.