Shell’s next-gen petrol station is far more than just a fuel-stop offering green tech, more amenities, even services for cyclists
Text: Carmen Rosso
Photos: Carmen Rosso & Shell
SINGAPORE – Earlier today, Shell launched its first ‘Shell Station Of The Future’ petrol station and while it sounds lofty and far-off, it’s actually quite grounded and aimed at giving a wider range of services to everyone, not just drivers.
“There is a rise of “convenience cravers” – where Singaporeans who lead busy lifestyles, are always on the go and seek quick, fuss-free yet high-quality experiences,” Ms Aarti Nagarajan, General Manager, Retail Sales And Operations, Shell Singapore explains the ideas behind this contribution to the community.
Ms Aarti also mentions that since personal mobility devices (such as e-scooters) and cyclists are now a growing trend, Shell now offers the various amenities as a way to contribution to the community.
First things first, what exactly is so futuristic about this particular petrol station?
In light of Shell’s Make The Future campaign to prevent global warming, the new petrol kiosk (except for its car washing services) runs mainly on its Rainwater Harvesting system. According to Shell, the water collected is used to water their green walls and the flushing of toilets, and is projected to save more than a million litres of water per year.
Located on 9 Tampines Avenue 2 ( 529731), East-siders (West-siders, hold your horses) will get the chance to experience the future of Shell with a broadened range of activities available for everyone. That’s right, you don’t need to be a motorist to enjoy these amenities. In fact, the station caters to cyclists, residents and even passers-by looking for a quick recharge.
What’s new for us motorists?
Unlike many existing car wash bays, the wash area at the new Shell station is brightly-lit with glass tunnel walls that take in natural light throughout the day.
Aside from from regular cleaning services on site, Shell AutoServ (among its 22 outlets islandwide) also offers maintenance and repair services ranging from brake and battery services, and even a change of tyres.
But it isn’t just the main amenities and services that make the new petrol station so convenient. In fact, Shell has got it covered even up to the minor details, that we find really handy. Located at the Air Pump station, users will find a little sink to wash their hands after.
Do we get more fuel for the same price?
Unfortunately, not. But we do get to live a little longer with Shell’s Stage II Vapour Recovery petrol nozzles. That makes a pretty fair deal, yes? Unlike our typical petrol dispensers, these nozzles inhale the smell of petrol vapour on our behalf, in turn reducing hydrocarbon emissions into the environment. FYI, the distinctive smell of gasoline – which some find appealing – is actually the volatile hydrocarbon benzene, which is harmful to human health.
What’s in it for cyclists then?
Shell wants them to “Take A Brake” – and Shell means this quite literally. The first ever bicycle bay in a petrol station in Singapore, we wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes quite crowded. Cyclists will have full access to bicycle repair tools, an air pump, and rest areas at the bay. Residents in the neighbourhood will also be able to park their bicycles at the bay overnight.
What else is new?
Fast-foodies, here’s your chance to grab a quick (guilty) bite. Coming in as the 16th Drive-Thru outlet in Singapore, McDonald’s also has takeaway-kiosk that’s open to foot-traffic There will also be a Singpost Pop-Station for those who need small parcels and e-shopping deliveries made.