Starbucks first coffee chain to offer EV charging in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Berjaya Starbucks Coffee Company Sdn Bhd (Starbucks Malaysia) has partnered with Yinson GreenTech (YGT) to be the first retail coffee chain in Malaysia to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations (chargEVs) at Starbucks’ drive-through outlets.

Starting from today, drivers can charge their EVs via 26 chargEVs at 17 Starbucks stores in the Klang Valley, Penang, Malacca and Johor for free until the end of this month.

Berjaya Food Bhd group chief executive officer and managing director of Starbucks Malaysia and Brunei, Datuk Sydney Quays said the company has always been passionate about protecting the planet and driving innovation to enhance the customers' experience.

"The inclusion of chargEVs in our stores marks a significant milestone in our sustainability efforts as a company, and we hope that it will lead the retail industry towards a decarbonised future for Malaysia.

"Charging your car should be as seamless as ordering a cup of coffee, and now it can be,” he said at the signing ceremony of the memorandum of understanding between Starbucks Malaysia and YGT at Starbucks Eco Grandeur, today.

Starbucks aims to reduce its global carbon footprint by 50 per cent by 2030.

Meanwhile, YGT senior vice-president of Electromobility, Ruslin Tamsir said that his company is delighted to support Starbucks Malaysia’s green initiatives.

"We are jointly committed to rolling out even more charge points over the next few years.

"The chargEV team also welcomes other like-minded businesses to engage with us and find out more about our integrated EV solutions and how they, too, can participate in Malaysia's EV transition," he said.

chargEV is the nation’s largest public charging network, operating over 400 charging points nationwide.

To use the charging stations, EV drivers will need to download the chargEV app via the Apple Store or Google Play store to activate their charging sessions. - Bernama

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