Do you feel guilty at petrol stations when you pump petrol into your car knowing it will release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and slowly kill the planet?
Or maybe, you’re thinking of getting an electric car but the lack of charging points is stopping you.
Well, whichever it is, the problem’s going to be a thing of the past.
Charge your car
Shell will soon have electric vehicle chargers at 10 of its 57 fuel stations.
The electric vehicle charging service, called ‘Shell Recharge’, will be available at these stations by October this year, Shell said in a statement.
The 10 station locations are:
- Shell Choa Chu Kang, 20 Choa Chu Kang Drive S689717
- Shell Bukit Batok West, 11 Bukit Batok West Avenue 3 S659166
- Shell Boon Lay, 2 Boon Lay Avenue S649960
- Shell Alexandra, 358 Alexandra Road S159950
- Shell Newton Hooper, 150 Bukit Timah Road S229846
- Shell Yishun, 1 Yishun Street 11 S768642
- Shell Ang Mo Kio, 3535 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 S569839
- Shell Sengkang, 61 Sengkang East Road S545015
- Shell Havelock, 548 Havelock Road S169637
- Shell Paya Lebar PIE, 98 Paya Lebar Road S409008
These chargers provide from 0 per cent to 80 per cent charge in about 30 minutes, which is roughly the same time for your smartphones. It’s priced at S$0.55 per kWh and is compatible with most electric vehicles in Singapore.
However, if you’re expecting to see these Shell stations packed with electric cars, that may not happen just yet.
Few electric vehicles
According to the Land Transport Authority, Singapore has a negligible electric vehicle (EV) population.
There are only 1,100 EVs in the country, accounting for 0.1 per cent of the total vehicle population.
Why is this?
According to a Shell-commissioned study on electric vehicle consumer behaviour, more than 1 in 2 Singaporeans (52%) are put off from buying or using electric cars because of the lack of available charging stations.
“To meet the country’s climate action goals, Singapore needs more and cleaner energy solutions to power lives, businesses and transport sustainably. Shell Recharge is one such example of how we make it more convenient for our customers to embrace cleaner mobility”, said Aw Kah Peng, country chairman of Shell Companies in Singapore.
Shell plans to make more of such low-carbon energy solutions available in Singapore in the following months and years, Ms Peng added.
But why should you buy or use an electric car?
Here are a few reasons:
Firstly, have you ever seen a driver so happy to pump fuel into his car? No, I didn’t think so. That, above, is the smile of someone who knows he’s saving the environment.
Electric cars are also cheaper to run. The electricity to charge an EV works out to around a third as much per kilometre as buying petrol for the same vehicle.
Moreover, they are cheaper to maintain. An EV has a lot less moving parts than a conventional petrol/diesel car, and that means fewer trips to the money-guzzling mechanic.
Hopefully, Shell’s initiative here will encourage more Singaporeans to buy and use electric cars, because Earth is struggling to breathe.
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