PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad (PDB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Sdn Bhd and EV Connection Sdn Bhd, the operator of JomCharge network in Malaysia, to deploy DC Fast EV chargers at PETRONAS stations by the first half of 2022.
This MoU will see the installation of DC fast chargers at 5 PETRONAS stations in the pilot stage. The stations concerned will be strategically located to enable end-to-end electric coverage along the North-South Expressway as well as part of the East Coast Expressway. The strategic partnership will help to address EV drivers’ pain point of insufficient fast chargers in Malaysia. This will help reduce the inconvenience of long distance EV journeys as well as range anxiety. It will also increase PETRONAS’ involvement in more sustainable motoring.
“Sustainability is at the core of everything we do and this strategic collaboration signifies another major stride in our efforts to provide cleaner energy in enriching lives for a sustainable future,” said PETRONAS Vice President of Marketing, Ahmad Adly Alias.
“PDB has provided EV charging facilities at our stations since 2017 and one opportunity that we have 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 added.
“2022 marks the beginning of our Mercedes-EQ model offensive strategy. Mercedes-Benz Malaysia will be introducing a range of our premium all-electric models to define the future of mobility,” said Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia, Michael Jopp. “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 to encourage the EV adoption amongst the Malaysian drivers.”
Meanwhile, EV Connection’s Managing Director, Ir. Lee Yuen How, said that as one of the early EV charging solution providers, EVC has always believed in the potential of the EVs in Malaysia. “In support of the Malaysian Government’s Budget 2022, EVC is delighted to foster this strategic partnership with PDB and MBM in expanding JomCharge DC Fast Charger network in the country. Given the clear policy from the Government, we believe that next year will be a tipping point for EV adoption in Malaysia. 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).”
This tripartite collaboration is also aligned with PDB’s future-proof strategy given the inevitable shift to cleaner mobility in the future. The MoU was signed by PDB’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Azrul Osman Rani, Mercedes-Benz’s Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Rene Neumann and EV Connection’s Managing Director Ir. Lee Yuen How.