Good news for electric vehicles in the Philippines.
Shell will be installing 100 electric vehicle fast-charging stations across its service stations in the capital city of Manila.
According to Shell’s local arm, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation, the first installations will take place in December this year.
The move was prompted by the Department of Energy, which is trying to address the lagging adoption of electric vehicles in Manila.
The slow take up has largely been blamed on the lack of available public charging stations in the country, and the DoE is keen to implement policies to lay out the needed infrastructure.
According to the Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry, 69,145 electric vehicles are expected to be sold in 2017.
That’s a small percentage of the total 7.69 million registered motor vehicles in the country — which are responsible for 71 percent of the country’s air pollution.
But the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines has stated that it plans to get one million electric vehicles on the road by 2020.
This isn’t the only country in which Shell has introduced charging units to its service stations.
The petroleum giant had earlier launched pilot projects for vehicle recharging stations in the UK, Netherlands and California.
Electric and hybrid-engine vehicles represent only a fraction of the world’s 1 billion car fleet now, but according to Shell, they will account for about a quarter in 2040.
We’re definitely going to need a lot more charging stations then.