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Photo shows: Pilipinas Shell president and CEO Lorelei Quiambao-Osial (left), EVP for Shell Mobility Istvan Kapitany (right) and DOE’s Energy Utilization Management Bureau director Patrick Aquino pose with a Jaguar i-Pace electric vehicle which was the first unit to recharge from the Shell Recharge facility during its launch at the Shell SLEX Mamplasan station on July 7.

Text and photos by Jay Luna

Pilipinas Shell can now cater to Electric Vehicle (EV) users in the Philippines with the launch of two new low emission energy solutions that aim to offset and reduce carbon emission, the Shell Recharge (E-mobility) and the Nature-based Solutions Carbon Offset Service.

During the launch at the Shell South Luzon Expressway Mamplasan branch on Thursday, July 7, Lorelei Quiambao-Osial, president and CEO of Shell Companies in the Philippines underscored the energy company’s commitment to continue powering progress to achieve a more sustainable future through more and cleaner energy solutions. Through these two services, Quiambao-Osial said that they could offer more sustainable and low emission solutions to its customers.

“It is our commitment to power progress around the world and in the Philippines. We aspire to be the industry leader in providing innovative low carbon and carbon offset products in the Philippines. Today we are unlocking two solutions, the Shell Recharge and the Shell Nature-based Carbon Offset services. I am really proud that Shell is leading this transition in the Philippines, this is the first rapid charger in the Philippines, the most powerful and it is sourced from renewable sources,” Quiambao said.

“Carbon offset is only one of the many solutions that we are offering and this will be together with the other solutions that our customers and our clients will have an option to choose from… it is great to be first and it also shows the commitment that we have in Shell here in the Philippines. We aspire to further bring innovation leveraging on our global network, leveraging on our global expertise, leveraging on the investments that we have on research and technology. We are committed globally to have net zero emissions by 2050 at pace with society,” she added.

The Shell Recharge station is equipped with two 180kWh DC fast chargers, both with CCS2 connectors. The energy company officials said that the fast and powerful charger is compatible with most European EVs like the Jaguar I-Pace. The rapid charger can fully recharge an EV in about 30 minutes with charging cost of P65 per minute.

The charger is powered by electricity generated through carbon neutral means which includes the use of solar panels installed on the roof of the Shell Recharge station. Shell is the first energy company in the Philippines and the first Shell market in Asia to offer carbon offsetting programs and nature-based carbon credits to vehicle owners.

The charging station accepts various payment options but cannot offer rewards or points system at the moment. The company officials said that there are plans to offer benefits for Shell Go+ customers soon.

Shell Mobility Philippines general manager and vice president Randy del Valle said that the company plans to open more Shell Recharge stations within the year. Del Valle added that electric vehicle owners can expect three to eight more charging stations in Metro Manila and Luzon.

He further noted that EV users can enjoy the facilities within the Shell SLEX Mamplasan where at least 30 locators can be found including fast food chains, coffee shops and stores that sell sports items. The customers can also stay at the charging station lounge and use the free internet connection while waiting for their vehicles to be fully charged.

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