A new era for Asia? EVs get the credit
Singapore is ushering in a new era in terms of electric vehicle (EV) networks. A new partnership with Greenlots, a global provider of open standards-based technology solutions for EV networks, CapitaLand, one of Asia's largest real estate developers, and BMW Group Asia will provide Singapore's growing population of EV and Plug-in Hybrid EV owners with additional charging stations in the Central Business District (CBD) and beyond.
The partnership signals the commitment to expand open-standards based EV charging for public use in the city-state and is claimed to be the largest collaboration between a real estate developer and a premium automobile manufacturer to install public EV charging infrastructure.
On the heels of the all-electric BMW i3 and BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car launched in Singapore, CapitaLand, BMW Group Asia and Greenlots teamed up for the first phase of deployment to install public charging stations at five strategic locations in the CBD, which are already operational at Capital Tower, CapitaGreen, One George Street, Raffles City Singapore and Six Battery Road.
ChargeNow, BMW i's public charging program, enables BMW i drivers with access to a network of public charging stations located in various office buildings, shopping malls, hotels, industrial parks and buildings in Singapore.
The second phase is being implemented at four of CapitaLand's shopping malls: Bedok Mall, the Atrium@Orchard, the Star Vista and Westgate. The completion of phases one and two will bring the total number of public charging stations in Singapore up to 45 located across 31 public locations.
"This installment marks a significant milestone for electric mobility in Singapore, as we lay a sustainable foundation for the sector to thrive," said Lin Khoo, senior vice president, Greenlots. "We are dedicated to accelerating EV adoption in the city-state and a robust charging network needs support from car companies and the real estate sector."
Leading the real estate industry in supporting sustainable mobility, CapitaLand will offer an extensive EV public charging network in the country with 12 charging stations across nine strategic locations. Out of the 31 public EV charging locations, CapitaLand properties make up nearly one-third of the entire island-wide network. This makes CapitaLand the developer with the largest network of public EV charging stations in Singapore. It is also the first and only developer in South-east Asia to introduce a network of charging stations for EVs and PHEVs that spans properties across the integrated development, shopping mall, serviced residence, office and residential sectors.
"We understand that the availability of charging stations is key to greater adoption of EVs, which helps reduce carbon emissions. As property owners, we therefore recognize the instrumental role we can play in helping to make charging infrastructure more accessible," said Tan Seng Chai, group chief corporate officer and chairman, CapitaLand Limited. "CapitaLand is set to offer over 100 EV charging stations at more than 40 properties throughout Asia and Europe, across integrated, shopping mall, serviced residence, office and residential developments. This will form an integrated CapitaLand network of charging stations, where our customers who are EV owners can plug in and charge their cars easily and seamlessly when they live, work and play at our properties."
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