Shell plans to set up over 10,000 electric vehicles (EV) charging points across India by 2030 as it joins the electric mobility bandwagon to cut vehicular emissions.
Shell, which operates 327 out of the 83,888 petrol pumps in the country, launched its first EV chargers in India, for the four-wheeler and two-wheeler segments in Bengaluru, the firm said in a statement.
"India is the first market for Shell to launch chargers for two-wheelers," it said. "The company plans to set up more than 10,000 charging points across India by 2030 and 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 per cent green energy, it said without giving details. Shell joins likes of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Reliance-bp in setting up EV charging infrastructure to boost EV usage.
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 has plans to expand its EV charging infrastructure beyond its existing retail markets of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Telangana, Assam, Andhra Pradesh," the statement said.
Shell will provide customized 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', available on both Android and iOS operating systems.
Commenting on the launch, Sanjay Varkey, Director, Shell Mobility, India, said, "Being a solution-driven and customer-centric organization, we have developed a world-class offering for the electric-mobility customers drawing upon our global expertise and capabilities."
The Shell Recharge proposition is based on unique insights that we picked up in our research and global experience, he said adding this enables to provide safe, green, and integrated mobility solutions to customers.
"We are excited to contribute to the electrification of mobility in India by rolling out the Shell Recharge network and look forward to serve the rapidly evolving needs of our customers," he added.