Sime Darby Motors (SDM) and Gentari have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to accelerate the building of EV (electric vehicle) charging stations and infrastructure across Sime Darby Motors’ network, as well as in other locations accessible to the public, alongside other supplementary initiatives.
The MoU will see SDM and Gentari exploring opportunities to establish EV charging infrastructure in SDM’s automotive facilities in Malaysia as well as in regional markets. To further enhance accessibility and convenience for customers, the MoU will also explore establishing EV facilities beyond SDM showrooms, to places like golf clubs, hotels, and healthcare centres, among others. The Sime Darby group is involved in (but not limited to) automotive retail, healthcare services, property development and management.
Additionally, to encourage EV adoption, the collaboration will also look at value-added services for SDM customers. These services may include EV charging subscription plans, personalised home charging packages, portable charging services, and flexible mobile charging solutions, amongst others.
The MoU will also explore a potential partnership for EV fleet solutions, catering to the evolving needs of businesses and governments looking to transition to cleaner and more sustainable transportation alternatives. Other joint projects and initiatives aimed at enhancing EV adoption, improving infrastructure, or developing new EV-related products or services will also be considered.
Recognising the importance of renewable energy, the MoU will also explore solar energy projects, such as solar energy system installations and solar energy storage solutions. The MoU was formalised at a signing ceremony between Jeffrey Gan, Managing Director of Retail and Distribution of Sime Darby Motors Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, and Macau, and Shah Yang Razalli, Gentari’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer and CEO of Gentari Green Mobility. Syed Ahmad Muzri Syed Faiz, the Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia and Haikal Zubir, the Chief Operating Officer of Gentari Green Mobility, witnessed the signing.
“This MoU underscores our commitment to shaping a sustainable future through low carbon mobility. We look forward to working with Gentari to accelerate environmentally friendly technologies and solutions for the automotive sector, particularly to support the EV ecosystem which continues to grow in Malaysia,” said Jeffrey Gan.
Shah Yang Razalli added; “As we aim to lead the way in sustainable transportation and clean energy solutions, this collaboration marks an important stride towards a larger initiative covering the Asia Pacific region. Leveraging Sime Darby Motors’ established track record and extensive regional footprint and our expertise, we are set to pave the way for a broader alliance that will unite various OEMs within the SDM portfolio. Together, we are strongly positioned to lead the charge in low-carbon mobility and the transition to sustainable energy, in creating a better future for the coming generations.”
Since its introduction in June 2022, Gentari has deployed over 180 charging points in Malaysia and over 160 charging points in India, through its affiliated entities. With a mission to be Asia Pacific’s most valued clean energy solutions partner by 2030, Gentari aims to capture over 10% market share of charge points and Vehicle-as-a-Service (VaaS) offerings across key Asia Pacific markets.