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Electrification Just Got a Big Boost with the Opening of Charging Stations at These Malls

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The main concern of those pushing for electrification in the automotive industry is the lack of infrastructure in place, particularly charging stations. There are gas stations everywhere for vehicles with traditional petrol engines, but there are hardly any charging stations, and range anxiety is a real thing for those thinking of switching to electric cars.

Last week, there was a big step towards the electrification goal when SM Malls announced that electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will be installed in select malls around the metro. Eventually, the company says it plans to make EV charging available to all of its establishments.

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The announcement comes just in time with the passing of the new Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act (RA 11697), which regulates the use of EVs in the country. The act lapsed into law without the signature of President Duterte last April 15.

RA 11697, or the Comprehensive Roadmap for the Electric Vehicle Industry (CREVI) will serve as a national development plan for the electric vehicles (EVs) industry to accelerate their development, commercialization, and utilization in the country. The law will enable the Department of Energy (DOE) to accelerate the promotion and adoption of EVs and the development of charging stations and related equipment. This includes accrediting charging station providers, requiring the submission of charging infrastructure development plans and enforcing compliance with the installation of charging stations.

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SM currently uses Wallbox Pulsar Plus 7.4Kw AC Chargers with Type 2 connectors which are available for use of EV owners in SM e-Vehicle Charging Stations.  Depending on the level charge, it takes about three to four hours for a full charge, which is just about the amount of time one will spend watching a movie and have a nice meal at the mall. Wallbox chargers are distributed in the Philippines by Pesin Mobility Solutions, which showcased their charging systems at MIAS 2022.

According to SM’s FAQ on EV charging, these chargers come with Type 2 connectors and advises users to check with their respective car manufacturer to determine compatibility.

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SM Supermalls president Steven Tan, who was there at the formal unveiling event, said the service is free of charge to all EV owners and customers of SM Supermalls.

As of this writing, there are eight units of these chargers already installed in designated EV charging stations in some of SM’s premier malls—Including SM Aura, SM Megamall, and SM North EDSA. Tan expressed excitement at the development and said the goal is to have charging stations in all of its malls nationwide.

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Present at the event were government officials including Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, as well as representatives from other agencies, including the Department of Energy and the Department of Science and Technology. Also at the event were Edmund Araga, president of the Electric Vehicles Association of the Philippines, of which Pesin Mobility Solutions is a member; executives from PGA Cars, including PGA Cars chairman and Porsche Philippines CEO Roberto Coyiuto III, Audi Philippines managing director Christopher Chan, and Porsche Philippines managing director William Angsiy.

PGA Cars is the country’s exclusive distributor of Audi and Porsche vehicles including the Audi e-Tron and Porsche Taycan electric vehicles.  

Any questions, request for assistance or information contact the SM Customer Care Center at [email protected]

 

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