Petronas has provided electric vehicle (EV) charging stations since 2017 with their ChargEV facilities at select Petronas stations.
Recently it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mercedes-Benz Malaysia and EV Connection Sdn Bhd that will see the the installation of Direct Current (DC) charging stations across the peninsula by the first half of 2022.
According to Petronas’s Vice President of Marketing, Adly Alias the Malaysian energy giant will start with five charging stations as part of the pilot program with plans to expand across North-South Expressway and part of the East-Coast Expressway.
It was done to answer the the rising demand for DC Fast Chargers in major highways by existing EV drivers and to encourage the adoption of more EVs among Malaysians.
DC chargers are faster because it converts alternate current (AC) to DC power before it enters the vehicle, bypassing the car’s internal converter.
We view this investment in EV charging facilities as a necessary step towards promoting the adoption of EVs in Malaysia.Petronas’ Vice President of Marketing, Adly Alias
Meanwhile, Mercedes’ Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Michael Jopp also announced that the company will be bringing some models in their EQ line to Malaysian shores.