Owners of electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles now have additional locations from which to charge their vehicles; BHPetrol now has two new EV charging locations, one at their Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara station in Petaling Jaya (on the approach to the Damansara NKVE toll), and one at Sungai Besi Harmony (after the toll plaza towards Seremban).

In collaboration with First Energy Networks, a fully-owned subsidiary of Tan Chong Group, BHPetrol has installed the charging facilities at a cost of RM40,000 per location, according to BHPetrol. The sole charger unit at each station is a Hager three-phase, 22kW AC charger, which First Energy Networks says will fully charge a Renault Zoe in approximately one hour.

All the user has to do is drive up – or, queue up – to the charging station, and plug in with the vehicle’s own Type 2 charging cable. Use of the facility and its electricity is free of charge, and no card is required for initiation. Availability of the charging facility is subject to the petrol station’s operating hours.

While just one charger per station has been installed at the aforementioned locations, BHPetrol will consider installing more EV chargers in the future should there be sufficient demand.

The charging facility just before the entrance to the North-South Expressway is intended as a top-up opportunity before EV users embark on longer journeys, said Tan Kim Thiam, managing director of BHPetrol. A lounge area will be set up within the station’s retail store, where users of the charging station can wait while their EVs or plug-in hybrids are being topped up at the charger, Tan added.