Shell Hong Kong, Sino Group and Halo Energy opened early this month their second universal electric vehicle (EV) charging station in Hong Kong in a bid to reduce carbon emission by promoting green transport in line with the city’s sustainable development.
The companies have established their first EV station in Fanling.
The newest Shell Recharge station, located in China Hong Kong City (CHKC) on Tsim Sha Tsui, is touted to be the fastest EV charging station in the city. It provides four rapid direct current (DC) chargers for all EV brands in Hong Kong.
Complementing Halo’s patent distribution system, one of the chargers operates at a speed of 300kW that allows an EV to be fully charged within 15 minutes. Together with Halo’s 40 semi-quick charging stations, CHKC now holds the most EV charging stations within Tsim Sha Tsui, enabling convenience for EV drivers and enhancing charging experience.
As EVs become ubiquitous, expansion and upgrading of charging facilities is essential in fostering the long-term development of existing residential and commercial properties.
Martin Tsang, CEO and founder of Halo Energy, said the company has always been proactive in enhancing charging services through the integration of local science research and global charging technologies.
“We are proud to establish the fastest charging station in Hong Kong in the city’s core business area – China Hong Kong City. With as fast as 15 minutes to provide 200km mileage for latest model EVs, an equivalent of 3 back-and-forth journeys from CHKC and the Airport,” said Tsang.
He added: “ The station will address every resident’s concern about using an EV and they will now experience the convenience of fast-charging that is as convenient as filling up a gas tank. Furthermore, through Halo’s patent Load Management electric distribution system, EVs will be parked in a similar manner as at CHKC in order to achieve a large or even full EV charging coverage with a big saving on the power load for the charging station thereby building a real showcase of EV Ready building.”
Installing EV stations in existing properties
In marking this latest EV project at CHKC, Sino Group reiterated its commitment to collaborating with partners to achieve sustainability goals through the use of innovation and technology.
“We are pleased to collaborate with Shell and startup company Halo on this project to work around challenges faced in the installation of additional charging facilities in existing buildings, through the adoption of the refined electric vehicle charging and management system,” said Bella Chhoa, director of asset management at Sino Group.
She added that a comprehensive network of charging stations is crucial to promoting the wide adoption of electric vehicles.
“To this end, increasing electric vehicle charging stations will be a key focus of Sino Property Services in promoting sustainability in property management. In the future, we will further expand the coverage of electric vehicle charging stations at our properties. It is estimated that the number of chargers will see a substantial increase of 67% to over 1,400 in 2022, in an effort to encourage the use of green transportation in the wider community,” said Chhao.
A journey towards net-zero emissions
Meanwhile, Shell is staying true to its mission actualising sustainability initiatives to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050.
“We will spare no effort to help the city achieve its aim of reducing carbon emissions to actualise low-carbon transport. We are privileged to work with Sino and Halo to establish the fastest EV charging station in the territory by consolidating every party’s asset thereby leading the industry towards supporting the HKSAR government’s plans for enhanced EV adoption,” said Anne Yu, managing director of Shell Hong Kong.
In the near term, Yu said the company will collaborate with more car factories and stakeholders to provide more than 300 Shell Recharge charging points across Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories.
“More Shell Recharge Stations will be set up in Sino’s properties as well with an end-year target, providing EV drivers with different speeds of charging stations to speed up the transition towards net zero emissions in Hong Kong,” Yu said.
Shell is set to become the first gasoline company in Hong Kong to offer a comprehensive EV charging network. The company’s brand-new facility at its Airport (Cargo Terminal) Station, schedule to start operations in Q2 2022, will be the first service station with both EV charging and conventional fuel facilities.