Petronas Dagangan (PDB) will be expanding its electric vehicle (EV) charging station network, which it began implementing a year ago, from an initial 66 stations to 100.

The company made this announcement at the 8th International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia (IGEM 2017), where it signed a tripartite partnership agreement with Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) and Tenaga Nasional Berhad Energy Services (TNBES), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tenaga Nasional.

Through the partnership, PDB will commit to install 100 ChargEV charging points at its stations nationwide by 2018. It added that it will explore the possibility of increasing the number of ChargEV locations gradually, in tandem with market demand.

The company will also look into making the energy used to power the ChargEV points fully renewable and completely carbon-free by installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at the stations offering the charging facilities.

In addition, the partnership will also look at transforming the selected 100 stations into Energy Efficient Stations (E2S) with the use of energy efficient lighting and air-conditioners as well as with the integration of an energy management system.

The partnership is an extension from that signed between PDB and GreenTech Malaysia last year to install 66 ChargEV stations. To date, 55 stations have been installed at Petronas stations nationwide. Existing ChargeEV points at the Petronas stations are New Motion three-phase 32A, 400 volt 22 kW units. The fast charger is IP54 rated, making it suitable for outdoor use.