Sunway Group teams up with BMW,Shell for EV charging stations
(From left to right): Shell chairman Datuk Iain Lo, BMW Group Malaysia managing director Harald Hoelzl, Sunway Group founder and chairman Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah and ParkEasy CEO Warren Chan during the launch at Sunway Pyramid today
The Sunway Group today hosted the launch of the new Reserve + Shell Recharge Bays at Sunway Pyramid today, in partnership with Malaysian startup ParkEasy, Shell Malaysia and BMW Group Malaysia.
The collaboration sees the installation of 10 charging bays will span across three major Sunway Group properties with five bays available in Sunway Pyramid, three in Sunway Pinnacle, and two in Sunway Velocity.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, Sunway Group founder and Chairman Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah said the company was founded on the concept of sustainable development, and thus the concept of sustainability was clear.
“This area where we are gathered today was once a barren land of disused and abandoned mining pools. Sunway rehabilitated the land, restored the ecosystem and developed Malaysia’s first integrated green township,” Cheah said, adding that Singapore’s former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew had praised Sunway for transforming a wasteland into a wonderland during the late premier’s visit.
Cheah added that while Sunway City Kuala Lumpur is now home to a vibrant community of more than 200,000 people living, working, playing, and studying in a safe, healthy and connected environment, the renowned developer was far from finished.
“We plan to integrate technology even more deeply to establish Sunway City Kuala Lumpur as a model “smart sustainable city” of the 21st century. Today’s initiative marks another step in this direction,” Cheah said.
Meanwhile, Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia Mr. Harald Hoelzl said the country was now amongst the world’s most progressive nations in driving the Story of Visionary Mobility further for the carmaker.
“This signifies not only a strong demand for electro-mobility in the country but the need for its long-term sustainability. To facilitate this vision, BMW Group Malaysia will continue to expand the accessibility of charging facilities to electrified vehicle drivers nationwide,” Hoelzl said.
He added that with over 20 BMW i Charging Facilities across Malaysia, BMW Group Malaysia looks forward to growing the numbers with ParkEasy and Shell Malaysia to further pave the way for the Mobility of the Future in the country with the new Reserve + Shell Recharge Bays, and hope to see more of such initiatives in the future.
Starting July, owners of BMW Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) will be entitled to exclusive BMW Privileges at the Reserve + Shell Recharge Bays with applicable terms and conditions. This includes an e-starter pack for new BMW PHEV owners and an e-gift card to existing BMW PHEV owners for the use of the facilities at the Sunway Group properties.
Those interested can enjoy the BMWMY promo code to redeem five ParkEasy credits for use at the Reserve + Shell Recharge Bays. The promo code is available from today to 31st July 2019, and is limited to 2,000 users.
Shell Malaysia chairman Datuk Iain Lo said that the collaboration gives the energy company an opportunity to continue serving customers with new technological ways to enhance their experience.
“As Shell ventures on touchpoints beyond our retail stations and into premium establishments, our main focus is to enhance our customers’ journey and offer an end-to-end solution for convenience. The collaboration with ParkEasy, in partnership with BMW Group Malaysia and the Sunway Group, gives us the opportunity to continue serving our customers with new technological ways to enhance their experience with us,” Lo said.
Meanwhile, ParkEasy CEO Warren Chan said the opportunity to collaborate with Shell Malaysia, who then partnered them with BMW Group Malaysia and Sunway Group was a first step towards future innovations.
The ParkEasy platform is a mobile application that will allow electric vehicle (EV) or PHEV users to reserve a spot at the Reserve + Shell Recharge Bays up to 60 minutes ahead, assuring drivers of parking and charging availability.
Powered by BMW i Charging facilities, users will receive complimentary recharging to replenish their vehicles’ batteries, as the credits in their ParkEasy mobile application will only be deducted for the reservation and hourly use of the parking bays.
This cashless transaction also intends to cultivate ethical charging behaviour among the EV and PHEV users.
BMW Group Malaysia’s portfolio of Visionary Mobility is also supported by the ChargEV platform through its partnership with the Malaysian Green Technology Corporation. The BMW ChargeNow service, which is offered as part of the BMW 360° ELECTRIC programme, also grants straightforward access to partner charging facilities like ChargEV, where customers can enjoy 24/7 support and access to all charging locations in ChargEV’s growing network nationwide.
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