EV-charging lands in Ghana and grows in India
Charging is the way forward, more and more fuel companies realize. Shell launched its first EV-charging station this week in India, with 10,000 more charging points on the way before 2030. Meanwhile, in Ghana the very first EV-charging unit was opened by TotalEnergies.
Shell kicked off its EV-ambitions last week in the high-tech city of Bengaluru, which is often dubbed the Silicon Valley of India. It’s the first market for the company to launch chargers for two-wheelers. The firm plans to set up more than 10,000 charging points across the country by 2030. It aims to provide mobility solutions with 100% green energy to its customers through the Shell Recharge Stations.
Shell is planning to provide customized charging solutions at on-the-go locations such as fuel stations, standalone EV hubs, home charging and destination locations. For on-the-go and standalone EV hubs, the company has plans to 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.
Billions of potential customers
India is set to become the world’s most populous country by the end of the decade, overtaking China, according to the latest edition of the United Nations’ World Population Prospects. India’s population is set to rise to 1.515 billion in 2030, from 1.417 billion this year.
Currently, there are only 960 EV charging stations in the whole of India spread across 180 cities. Of these, Maharashtra has the highest number with 165 charging stations.
Meanwhile, TotalEnergies has its eyes set on the African market. Recently they opened the first EV-charging unit in Ghana. Demand is increasing, now more electric vehicles appear on the road in the West-African country. “Data shows that currently there are over 1000 electric vehicles in Ghana”, says a spokesman from the Ministry of Transport. The charger is located at a station in Accra.