Energy management and automation company, Schneider Electric, has partnered with Resorts World Genting, an integrated resort, to launch its first electric vehicle charging stations. A total of nine charging bays have been established at the Awana SkyCentral Transportation Hub Carpark (level B1), located at the Genting Highlands Premium Outlets (GHPO) for convenient access.
The Schneider Electric EVlink Smart Wallbox is compliant with full electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) charging standards and has a rated charging power of 7.4 kW. It is future-proofed to be easily upgradeable to a more powerful 22 kW should the need arise. At 7.4 kW, it would take approximately one hour to charge a typical PHEV’s battery for a range of 40 km. The Smart Wallbox uses a Type 2 socket and you will have to bring your own charging cable.
Additionally, it has a built-in energy management feature for more efficient use of the energy infrastructure without significant increase in costs to the provider, such as Resorts World Genting.
“We are thrilled to be partners with Resorts World Genting in their efforts to meet the demand for EV from its local and international holidaymakers at the resort,” said Ms Asri Ramayanti Dharmawan, Country President of Schneider Electric Malaysia. “At Schneider Electric, we believe that sustainability must be the endgame of any company in today’s world. It is at the core of our strategy and a great value that we deliver to our customers, shareholders and employees,” added Asri.
“Part of the idea of us having the Awana SkyCentral Transportation Hub Carpark that has nearly 5,000 parking bays is to encourage our customers to park and ride the cable car system to the peak or to park and shop at GHPO,” said Mr Ganaesan Subramaniam, Vice President of Hotel Operations at Resorts World Genting. Genting’s car park has an average of 50% occupancy rate on weekdays and up to 100% on weekends and holidays. Further, there is a large number of visitors who drive PHEVs and thus the company sees the value in setting up charging stations.
“We were fortunate to have met with Schneider Electric who is a pioneer in this field to set up our first EV charging system here. We are excited to be partnering with an established global specialis in energy management as Schneider Electric. Their charging solutions were awarded with the Green Premium ecolabel that guarantees compliance with the most up-to-date environmental regulations,” Ganaesan added.
Resorts World Genting plans to set up more charging stations in SkyAvenue at a later date. Currently, the use of the charging stations at Awana is free of charge (parking rates still apply), and responsible etiquette applies.