Petronas aims to set up to 66 charging station

Clean and green: (from left) GreenTech Malaysia CEO Ahmad Hadri Haris, Ibrahimnuddin and Maximus at the launch of the first ChargEV station. It will cost RM2.2mil to install the charging units at all 66 Petronas stations.

SERDANG: Electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV) owners can now charge their cars for free at 10 Petronas service stations in Peninsular Malaysia.

The announcement was made during the launch of the first ChargEV station at the Petronas Solaris station by Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili here.

Petronas’ marketing arm Petronas Dagangan Bhd signed the Memorandum of Understanding with Malaysian Green Technology Corp (GreenTech Malaysia), an agency under the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry, at the 7th International Greentech and Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia last year.

Petronas will install 66 electric charging stations nationwide by the end of this year as part of the Government’s effort to turn Malaysia into an EV hub.

“We are proud to be part of the Government’s plan to reduce the carbon footprint with the availability of the ChargEV stations.

“Ten Petronas stations are already equipped with the charging station and 56 more will follow suit by the end of the year.

“These stations will be located at Petronas stations along major highways in the country,” said Petronas Dagangan Bhd managing director and chief executive officer Mohd Ibrahimnuddin Mohd Yunus.

He told the press conference that it cost RM2.2mil to install the ChargEV units at all 66 Petronas stations.

“I have to thank GreenTech Malaysia because the installation cost will be borne by them,” said Ibrahimnuddin.

Other Petronas stations with ChargEV facilities are located at Solaris Putra, NKVE Damansara, Elite Bukit Jelutong, NKVE Subang, Kesas Timur, Kesas Barat, Genting Sempah, Ayer Keroh Arah Selatan and Federal Highway Batu Tiga.

Earlier, Ongkili said to-date, there were 1,200 electric buses, cars, motorcycles and bicyles.

“Although the number is small, the Government is confident with a conductive policy coupled with technological advancement, the electric vehicle industry would be able to assit the development of such vehicles in Malaysia,” he pointed out.

The Government has targeted to set up 25,000 charging points, nationwide, by 2030.

There are 155 ChargEV points and this number will be increased to 300 by year-end.

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