Petronas, Mercedes-Benz, and JomCharge have recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to deploy DC Fast EV chargers at Petronas stations around Malaysia by the first half of 2022.
The MoU was signed by Petronas Dagangan Bhd (PDB) managing director and COE Azrul Osman Rani, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Sdn Bhd (MBM) vice president and chief financial officer Rene Neumann, and EV Connection Sdn Bhd (JomCharge’s operator) managing director Ir Lee Yuen How.
In a statement made by PDB, it plans to strategically install the fast chargers at five Petronas stations during the pilot phase. The selected stations are to be located between the North-South Expressway and part of the East-Coast Expressway.
Petronas vice president of marketing, Ahmad Adly Alias said PDB has provided EV charging facilities at its stations since 2017 and one opportunity that it has identified is the demand for faster charging facilities during long-distance travel, especially along major highways.
“Through this partnership, fast chargers will be available at strategic locations leveraging our wide network of Petronas stations, making customers’ life simpler and better. We view this investment in EV charging facilities a necessary step towards promoting the adoption of EVs in Malaysia,” he said.
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MBM vice president of sales and marketing Michael Jopp said that 2022 marks the beginning of the Mercedes-EQ model offensive strategy.
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Jopp said, “Mercedes-Benz Malaysia will be introducing a range of our premium all-electric models to define the future of mobility. This is in line with Mercedes-Benz’s global strategy to go all-electric by end of the decade where market conditions allow.”
“Therefore, we are fully committed to invest in our local infrastructure together with PDB and EVC (EV Connection) to encourage EV adoption amongst Malaysian drivers,” he said.
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Lee said that EV Connection has always believed in the potential of EVs in Malaysia especially following a clear policy from the government. The company “believe(s) that next year will be a tipping point for EV adoption in Malaysia.”
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He added, “This tri-party partnership is a big step forward to support Malaysia in the transition to EVs as part of our Low Carbon Mobility Blueprint (LCMB).”
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