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Shell ReCharge Takes Its First Step in Turkey with Eşarj

As the leading company in the world with its investments towards EV charging stations, Shell put a signature under an important cooperation with Eşarj, Turkey’s first and fastest EV charging station network. With the Shell Recharge brand, Eşarj infrastructure will be used in a total of four stations which were put into operation in Istanbul, Sapanca and Izmir.

As the leading company in energy transformation with its investments in alternative and renewable energies, Shell has the goal to operate with net zero emission by 2050. Hence, the company continues with its investments and efforts for utilisation of cleaner energy resources at a fast pace.

Shell has more than 185,000 EV charging units in more than 35 countries and has the goal to reach 500,000 locations by 2025 and 2.5 million locations by 2030. The company is now activating their EV charging units in Turkey with Shell Recharge brand. Shell & Turcas are cooperating with Eşarj, of which majority of stocks of Eşarj were bought by Enerjisa Enerji in 2018, for the technical and commercial operations of these stations.

There is one Shell station with fast charging infrastructure in Istanbul, one in Izmir and two in Sapanca and the number is expected to increase to eight by the end of June 2021 following the ongoing investments.
Half of the vehicle sales in Europe are expected to consist of electrical vehicles by 2030. Thus, a distributed EV charging network has become one of the primary issues in terms of electric vehicles as a developing market in Turkey in recent years.

Eşarj stations supply their power from resources with international IREC renewable energy certificate and they use completely clean and renewable energy.

Emre Turanlı, CEO of Shell & Turcas, conveyed his opinions and stated: “Considering EV charging stations, we provide services to electric vehicle owners with more than 185,000 EV charging units in over 35 countries. We plan to increase this number to 500,000 by 2025, and to 2.5 million by 2030.”

Shell bought New Motion, the company with the largest EV charging station network in Europe with more than 50,000 charging points in 22 countries, and Ubitricity, the largest EV charging network company in the UK, as well as Greenlot, a Northern American company that has more than 4,400 charging points. Moreover, Shell signed an agreement with Ionity to create an ultra-quick EV charging station network on the European highways in a joint venture with BMW, Daimler, Ford and VW. Thanks to the service that will be provided at the installed charging stations, it will be possible to charge vehicles within 5 to 8 minutes.

Emre Turanlı, CEO of Shell & Turcas, underlined their investments in Turkey and stated: “We provide service to electric vehicle owners with our Shell Recharge brand at our stations, and we started our pilot scheme with regards to EV charging points with EnerjiSA. With the investments we will make in the following periods, electric vehicle owners will be able to make their intercity travels by conveniently charging their vehicles at our stations located on the highways between Istanbul-Ankara and Istanbul-Izmir. Our primary targets will be metropolitans and holiday destinations. We will speed up our investments at the right time with the most appropriate technology depending on the demand.”

Murat Pınar, CEO of Enerjisa Enerji and Chairman of Eşarj, remarked: “We attach importance to all investments that focus on technology and sustainability. At that very point, we undertake responsibility with Eşarj and make investments. With Eşarj, which is the first and fastest EV charging station network in Turkey, we took a significant step by installing stations in Sweden. Today, we are at an important milestone that would strengthen our leading position in this ecosystem by enabling the operation of Shell Recharge points. At Eşarj, we have the goal to contribute to the carbon emissions with 2.5 million tons, depending on the electric vehicle number estimated to hit the roads by 2030. Thus, we take beneficial steps for the ecosystem in Turkey as well as abroad."