Premium automaker partners GreenTech Malaysia to offer BMW i8 customers access to public charging facilities and services.
Kuala Lumpur, 18th August 2015 – BMW Group Malaysia today announced its partnership with Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) to offer the premium automaker’s customers of the BMW i8 access to public charging services and facilities over the coming year. The announcement was made at the launch of ChargEV, the new public electric vehicle (EV) charging station network spearheaded by GreenTech Malaysia.
Speaking at the launch, Mr. Sashi Ambi, Head of Corporate Communications, BMW Group Malaysia said, “Technology in the automotive industry is at the tipping point of change particularly in regards to the mobility of the future. The key strategy for the nation to move towards sustainable mobility within the urban environment is through industry wide cooperation and this includes ensuring the necessary infrastructure to support the new technology to increase consumer confidence in the viability of electric vehicles and plug-in-hybrid vehicles.”
Ambi further added that the success of electric vehicles and plug-in-hybrid vehicles also lies in mobility services which make electric driving a comfortable experience and a daily pleasure, from simple home charging facilities to the ease of using a continually-expanding network of charging stations in the public space.
The implementation targets to install 300 ChargEV stations by 2016 across strategic locations in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Putrajaya, Penang, Langkawi, Johor and Malacca targeting high traffic areas such as shopping malls, hotels, office buildings and residential areas as well as along the PLUS highway. The first ChargEV stations are already operational at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Kuala Lumpur and The Curve Shopping Mall. By year 2020, GreenTech Malaysia targets to roll out 25,000 ChargEV stations to support Malaysia’s target of deploying 100,000 EVs in the next five years.
With ChargEV playing a pivotal role in encouraging the adoption of EVs, BMW Group Malaysia also believes that consumer awareness and education is the subsequent part of the equation for electromobility initiatives in the country. Following the implementation of recharging facilities, technological knowledge for after-sales support and the involvement of original equipment manufacturers also play a vital role in the value chain.