Electric cars are not a distant reality anymore. Thanks to the collaboration between Shell Pakistan Limited (SPL) and K-Electric Limited (KE), Pakistan will see its first electric vehicle charging station in Karachi. The initiative is another effort towards encouraging the government’s efforts of promoting electric vehicles. The two companies have signed an MoU to launch the first three electric stations in Karachi.
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The three locations selected to install the 50 KWH Rapid chargers are the Shell Defence Filling-Station on Khayaban-e-Bahria, Askari Filling Station at Gulshan Town, and Mardan Filling Station at Gadap Town. The next 3 to 5 years have been planned to expand the electric vehicle charging network. According to the plan, SPL will be deploying charging stations, prepare sites, install, and manage operations. Whereas, KE will ensure operations regarding grid management.
The facility will be named ‘Shell Recharge’. The General Manager Retail of Shell Pakistan Limited, Taha Magrabi, spoke at the inauguration:
“Shell Recharge in Pakistan is a step towards cleaner energy solutions and is in line with the government’s strategy to promote electric vehicles in Pakistan. We are most pleased to collaborate with K-Electric, who share our passion for innovation. It is fundamental for industry players to come together to pave way for cleaner mobility solutions for customers.”
The Chief Strategy Officer of K-Electric, Naz Khan, also took the opportunity to express her pleasure at the launch of the electric charging stations saying that initiatives like these will help to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and improve environmental sustainability.
“KE is proud to be part of this project alongside Shell Pakistan. To play our own role in reducing carbon footprint, KE is currently generating 250 MW of Karachi’s energy from renewable sources, with plans to add 350 MW more sources of renewable energy in the near future”, she added.
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