Brunei Shell Marketing (BSM) on Thursday unveiled its rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging service, the Shell Recharge as part of the company’s efforts in supporting the future of EVs in the sultanate as well as the country’s climate action goals of having cleaner energy solutions.

Part and parcel of the Brunei Darussalam EV Joint Task Force’s (EVJTF) initiatives, the Shell Recharge will offer electric vehicle drivers a convenient way to charge their cars via high-powered charging at on-the-go retail sites as well as specific destinations such as offices and commercial centres or at home. 

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The Shell Recharge is the name of Shell’s home and rapid EV charging service which debuted in Singapore and was introduced later in Malaysia. 

Brunei is the third country in Southeast Asia to introduce this EV charging service. 

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“As part of the EVTF pilot project, BSM will be offering to the public a high-powered 150kW charger and a 50kW rapid charger starting this year at selected retail station and destination sites,” said BSM Managing Director, Muhd Norshafiee Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Jalil in a statement. 

“These locations have been chosen because of their proximity to main driving routes and infrastructure readiness. BSM is also working with car dealerships to offer home DC chargers to their customers,” he added.

The managing director then expressed the BSM’s commitment to offer cleaner energy solutions to power Brunei’s transportation sector, adding that the rolling out of these initiatives are timely, especially when global discourse on climate action at an all-time high. 

In light of this, he added, BSM will continue to work closely with relevant authorities to identify the needs and requirements to meet the growth of electric vehicle ownership in Brunei Darussalam. 

“This is an exciting time for the nation as we see the country embrace greener mobility and welcome evolving technologies to co-exists with conventional transport fuels in the next few years,” he continued. 

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“We will be working on expanding to other locations and in parallel, explore opportunities to collaborate with commercial centres and office buildings to install rapid chargers while continuing to work with car dealerships for home charger DC installations,” he added. 

For those who are interested to know more about the Shell Recharge, BSM will be at the Bridex Hall 2 in Jerudong until 28 March 2021, showcasing a range of chargers; the home charger for overnight charging and the 50kW rapid chargers that can charge most cars from zero to 80 per cent in 30 minutes. 

Additionally, BSM will also be carrying out a survey to gauge the public’s preference for future Shell Recharge destinations.

Also present to officiate the launch was Minister of Energy, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mat Suny Hj Md Hussein.

This article was first published on March 27, 2021 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 134

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWA

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