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At the ongoing International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia (IGEM), BMW Group Malaysia today officially announced that it has strengthened its partnership with GreenTech Malaysia.

As part of the BMW 360 Electric programme, customers with a BMW i or BMW eDrive vehicle are offered the BMW ChargeNow service. The ChargeNow card allows customers to enjoy 24/7 support and access to ChargEV’s charger network.

As of now, there are 95 stations scattered across Malaysia. The extended partnership will see that figure balloon to 1,000 stations by end-2017, with the majority of them located in Selangor (500), followed by Kedah (150), Johor (110), Melaka (90), Perak (60), Pahang (50) and Terengganu (40).

“It is important that we ensure the necessary infrastructure is available to support the new technology as this is what will also increase consumer confidence in the viability of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. As of today, the demand for both the BMW X5 xDrive40e and BMW 330e continues to grow.

“We have already begun delivering both vehicles to our customers; the BMW X5 xDrive40e currently has a wait list until Q2 2017 while the order bank for the BMW 330e is healthily growing. We are confident that the progress of these vehicles will continue to be positive,” said Sashi Ambi, head of corporate communications BMW Group Malaysia.

The chargers are fully compatible with the entire plug-in hybrid range of vehicles offered by BMW, which include the X5 xDrive40e, 330e iPerformance and i8.

Customers only need to download the My BMW Remote (BMW eDrive) or BMW i Remote app (BMW i) to locate available public charging stations. Alternatively, they can also use the onboard navigation system via the BMW ConnectedDrive services in their vehicles.

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Once a public charging station is located, simply tap the ChargeNow card over the reader symbol, press the handle button to remove the charging connector, and plug in. Upon full charge, simple tap the ChargeNow card to end the session before unplugging and returning the connector to its station.

GreenTech Malaysia aims to install 300 ChargEV stations by this year, and will keep to its target of achieving 25,000 ChargEV stations by 2020. The move will help support Malaysia’s target of deploying 100,000 electric vehicles (EVs) in the next five years.

BMW Malaysia’s tie-in with GreenTech was first announced during the launch of the X5 xDrive40e, where customers would be given a ChargeNow card, giving them direct access to ChargEV charging stations across Malaysia (with a charging cost).