Malaysian green technologies solutions provider Yinson GreenTech (YGT) has partnered Malaysian highway operator PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) to jointly develop the first chargEV hyperpower direct current (DC) fast charging hub along the PLUS highways.

Both parties said in a statement that YGT has through its joint venture company Green EV Charge Sdn Bhd (GEV) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with PLUS.

According to the statement, the fast charging hub will also incorporate mobility retail including food and beverage outlets and other amenities along with multiple fast electric vehicle (EV) chargers as an introduction to a brand-new concept of EV charging to Malaysians.

To date, YGT has upgraded one alternate current (AC) EV charging point to a direct current fast charger (DCFC) at Ayer Keroh Overhead Bridge Restaurant (Southbound).

Through the MoU, YGT will will upgrade and provide a further five DCFC chargers at the rest and service areas (RSA) at Tapah (Southbound), Dengkil (Southbound), Gunung Semanggol (Northbound), Pagoh (Southbound) and Seremban (Northbound).

Malaysia’s first fast charging hub will be located at PLUS Seremban RSA (Southbound) featuring eight charging bays and each, with a power output of up to 350kW, is able to fully charge an EV within 20 minutes.

The collaboration will leverage on the expertise of both parties and will maximize mutual benefits, expanding and enhancing products and services, as well as the strategic innovation.

The MoU will establish a strong working relationship between YGT & PLUS and sets up effective mechanisms for effective project implementation together.

The combined effort supports the nation in providing EV infrastructure aligned to the low carbon mobility blueprint (LCMB).

Both parties will also collectively work to develop new ideas that will cater to the growth of the EV market, such as Malaysia’s first fast charging hub with dynamic load balancing technology or the level 3 DC charging solutions which allow optimal and efficient charging power among charging stations.

This ensures a faster and more reliable charging experience for EV users.

“Our National Automotive Policy (NAP) is focused on developing the whole ecosystem for Next Generation Vehicles (NxGV), which includes energy efficient vehicles (EEV) and the necessary nationwide charging network,

“To that end, YGT and PLUS’s collaboration on Malaysia’s first chargEV hyperpower DC fast charging hub supports the NAP’s strategy to enhance the EV industry’s value chain,” said Zafrul Aziz, the Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry in Malaysia.

Apart from helping to fulfil our national target to have 10,000 charging points by 2025, he said the partnership also supports Malaysia’s goal to be carbon-neutral by 2050.

“MITI expects this collaboration to also benefit small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the domestic supply chain, as well as Malaysians working in industries such as electrical and electronic products (E&E) and automotive,” he added.

Meanwhile, Yinson Holdings Berhad Group Executive Chairman Lim Han Weng said that this partnership encapsulates both parties’ joint commitment to work together to expand their complementing solutions.

“It marks another exciting step towards our shared goal of ultimately accelerating the electrification of the marine, mobility, and infrastructure ecosystem in Malaysia in line with the country’s aim to become a carbon neutral nation by 2050,” he said.

Yinson GreenTech Chief Executive Officer Eirik Barclay also said that as the leading EV charging infrastructure provider in Malaysia, chargEV is excited to work alongside PLUS, to introduce innovative products and solutions to support the ever-growing EV needs of PLUS’ customers.

He said the firm’s aim is to make EV charging readily available and easily accessible.

“As we are completely confident that the market share for EVs will continue to accelerate very rapidly in the coming years, we want to ensure that Malaysian EV users will have access to the fastest and most reliable charging experience possible,” he added.

PLUS Managing Director Nik Airina Nik Jaffar noted that PLUS operates a highway network that spans over 1,130km.

Being the backbone of Malaysia’s highway infrastructure, she said PLUS plays a significant role in shaping and contributing to the sustainable development of the nation.

She also said PLUS collaborated with Ministry of Works (MoW) and Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) to develop an EV charging station roadmap, aimed to achieve 100 DCFC charge points by 2025.

“As at 2022, twenty chargers have been energized. This year alone, there will be another twenty charge points available along the PLUS highways,

“This collaborative initiative will promote low carbon mobility practices among Malaysians, accelerate the country’s EV adoption and be a catalyst towards achieving the government’s 2050 carbon neutral aspirations,” she added.

GEV is a joint venture between YGT and GreenTech Malaysia Alliances Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary under the Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Corporation, a government agency under the purview of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment & Climate Change.

The joint venture is tasked to roll out the commercialization, operation, and maintenance of charging infrastructure in Malaysia through chargEV.

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