Auto Bavaria has shared that it has installed MINI branded wallboxes in Gurney Plaza, Penang. This is the first such EV charging facility for the MINI brand in the northern region. The charging facility, located on Level 6 of the Gurney Plaza mall, is equipped with 3 units of the MINI Gen 3 Wallbox which can charge both plug-in hybrids (PHEV) and fully electric vehicles (EV).
Offering scalable charging power of up to 22 kW, the charging operation on the MINI Gen 3 Wallbox is a hassle-free process, as you only need to plug in the connector to an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle to the start charging process.
“In 2022, the MINI Electric accounted for over 30% of the MINI models delivered by Auto Bavaria Penang, demonstrating a growing demand for Electric Vehicles in these parts of Malaysia. The new facilities for charging MINI vehicles at Gurney Plaza aims to support this growing demand for electric vehicles as well as offer more access to public charging in the northern states,” said Vi Thim Juan, Managing Director of Sime Darby Auto Bavaria which has the largest network of authorised dealer representatives for BMW, BMW Motorrad and MINI in the northern region.
“Gurney Plaza is the ideal location for our charging facility as it is a popular mall strategically located in the heart of Penang, making the location convenient for EV owners to charge their vehicles while they are out and about shopping at the mall.” added Vi.
Peter Chan, General Manager, Mall Management, CapitaLand Investment said, “As a responsible company, CapitaLand is committed to operating our malls in a sustainable manner. We believe that the provision of more charging stations is key to greater adoption of EVs. This will then help in reducing carbon emissions. There are currently 4 EV charging stations in total including three from MINI.”
The 3 new charging bays at Gurney Plaza Penang are now open to the public. Operation hours are from 10 AM to 10 PM daily.