MALAYSIA is the first country in Southeast Asia to have an operational 350kW public charger for electric vehicles (EV).
Clean energy solutions provider Gentari Sdn Bhd (Gentari), a subsidiary of Petronas, in partnership with EV Connection Sdn Bhd (EVC) officially launched its EV charging hub which consists of one 350kW super charger, two DC fast chargers, and five AC chargers.
The former is the fastest EV public charger in the Southeast Asia region at present.
The charging hub which is located at X Park Sunway Serene located in the Sungai Way Free Trade Industrial Zone, Selangor, is also the first EV charging hub in Malaysia to be licensed by the Energy Commission (EC).
Promotional charging rates (currently only available at X Park Sunway Serene) as of Dec 1 are as follows:
AC /kWh - RM0.55 (all chargers)
AC /min - RM0.10 (all chargers)
DC /kWh - RM1.00 (180kW), RM1.20 (350kW)
DC /min - RM0.50 (20kW), RM0.60 (30kW), RM1.20 (50kW), RM1.40 (60kW), RM3.60 (180kW)
The inclusion of the EC's role is to ensure the safety of the facility's structure and operations with an aim to improve confidence in Malaysia's EV charging ecosystem.
"Gentari's new high-speed charging hub at XPark Sunway Serene is expected to contribute significantly towards supporting a viable EV ecosystem by improving range confidence for EV drivers with a focus on the urban charging experience.
"As the first charging system to be licensed by EC, we are pleased to support efforts to standardise and govern Malaysia's emerging green mobility sector, towards boosting consumer confidence. Gentari is also pleased to be the first to offer an equitable kilowatt-hour (kWh) based pricing mechanism, demonstrating our team's customer-centric mindset and pace to act," said Gentari's chief green mobility officer Shah Yang Razalli.
Gentari and EVC's upcoming charging hub which will soon join its network is currently under construction at the Bangi Golf Resort which has also received a license from the EC.
The company's key strategy here is to focus on offering a mix of hubs in quick-moving high traffic areas, such as X Park as well as leisure destinations such as Bangi Golf Club, to seamlessly blend EV charging with other routine activities.
EVC managing director Lee Yuen How said they hope that the provision of a diverse range of affordable and accessible fast-charging infrastructure at X Park, Bangi Golf Resort and future licensed installations nationwide will help spur the EV adoption rate among Malaysians.
"This location in Sungai Way is well-positioned to serve residential and business EV users around Petaling Jaya who are looking for reliable andconvenient charging facilities witha shorter charge time. X Park is also equipped with F&B and entertainment options offered for the convenience of drivers while theycharge their EVs," he added.
Gentari has deployed117 charging points across 20 locations in Malaysia and a total of 133 charging points in India since its introduction in June this year.
It aims to capture 10 per cent market share (circa 25,000 charging points based on current estimates) across key markets in Asia Pacific by 2030, with a mission to be Asia Pacific's preferred green mobility solutions provider.
Its mid-term aim is to install 9,000 public charging points by 2026, with an anchored presence in Malaysia and India.