PLUS offers free solar EV charging at Ayer Keroh R&R

PLUS offers free solar EV charging at Ayer Keroh R&R

Highway operator PLUS Malaysia has opened its first solar-powered electric vehicle charging station at the Ayer Keroh southbound R&R area on the North-South Expressway. Built in a collaboration with the Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) and the United Nations Industry Development Organisation (UNIDO), the facility offers free, 100% renewable energy for charging EVs.

The system’s solar panels are rated at 20 kWp and generate between 60 to 80 kWh per day, stored in a 50 kWh automotive-grade lithium-ion battery. The station features a 50 kW CHAdeMO DC charging port (like the kind used on the previous-generation Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV) as well as a 22 kW Type 2 AC port as used by plug-in hybrids sold here.

The charging station, part of its effort to preserve the environment, has been operational since May 2018, and the company says it has received positive response from EV owners. There are discussions already underway to build more of these stations at other rest stops such as in Pagoh (southbound), Tapah (southbound), Dengkil (southbound), Gunung Semanggol (northbound) and Seremban (northbound).

PLUS offers free solar EV charging at Ayer Keroh R&R

“Each day, approximately 1.7 million vehicles utilise the PLUS highway. We believe that the EV charging station will offer convenience to the EV public, especially frequent highway users plying the KL-Ayer Keroh or Johor Bahru-Ayer Keroh stretch daily or during weekend or school holidays,” said PLUS managing director Datuk Azman Ismail.

GreenTech Malaysia acting CEO Tuan Syed Ahmad Syed Mustafa added, “GreenTech Malaysia is very proud with our collaboration with PLUS on the installation of the first solar powered EV charger on the PLUS highway which is a key step in further promoting the Low Carbon Mobility blueprint. With the availability of EV chargers along the highway, EV/PHEV owners can now perform interstate travel in their vehicles.”

Other green initiatives implemented by PLUS include the usage of biodegradable products at its R&R areas, including plastic bags, straws, hot and cold cups, food boxes and other utensils.

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  • Only benefits the rich.

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  • Dawood on Dec 14, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Speed up local auto industry development and overall auto mobility, including intelligent transportation systems and adoption of robotics and IoT. Malaysian Green Technology Corporation should merge with MAI & MIMOS…

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  • Middle Age Driver (Member) on Dec 14, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Rich people that can afford to buy EV car gets free charging summore….the poor & middle class are at the mercy of petrol prices.

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    • Noname on Dec 15, 2018 at 9:23 am

      No, it’s not free. You have to subscribe a card for you to use the charging port. An annual charging fees of RM240 and you need to buy your own type 2 cable, which is cost around RM800+ to Rm1200++

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    • Stevie on Dec 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm

      All ChargeEV stations provided by GreenTech Malaysia in shopping mall and along the highway requires subscription annual fees nowadays since September. Even after paying the fees, not necessarily you can use whenever you want due to its limited availability. Some irresponsible drivers of non-PHEV car also parked in this allocated parking space in shopping mall because it’s nearby to entrance. Similar situation where non-OKU driver parked in OKU slots. So far, only Ayer Keroh has free charge station by PLUS but always full because everyone want to park there as it is right in front of main entrance. BMW and Mercedes Malaysia in collaboration with some shopping malls and hotels took an initiative to install free charge stations there. This measure should be applauded but need some enforcement to prevent it from being misuse.

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  • Mig29 on Dec 15, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Puzzle? They built this for whom? Sure for the rich. No EV assembly in Malaysia right now.

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  • johnnas on Dec 15, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Will they pls take a normal pose for pictures?!
    Its a charge station for pete’s sake. u dun have to hold on to the plug like ur refuelling gas.
    and thats a Tesla. pls use a normal civilian’s plug in EV la.

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  • Sohai (not ori) on Dec 15, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Stop all these useless publicity stunt and fix all the 2 lane PLUS Highway to 3 lanes instead, every public holiday massive jam cannot cope

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    • U-Tun on Dec 16, 2018 at 2:53 pm

      If all the way from JB to Bukit Kayu Hitam is 3 lanes then forever rakyat have to pay toll. Another good excuse not to abolish besides blaming on DSN

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  • armandd on Dec 15, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Good move! Sooner or later EVs will take over. This is a small step towards developing the whole infrastructure.

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  • Mat nast on Dec 16, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Only benefit the rich… And easy parking for them with free electric….

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  • shimmy shaman on Dec 17, 2018 at 9:23 am


    how bout security guards and cctv to monitor safety of parking lots….?

    call man would be rampant during tough economic times

    that would benefit everyone

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  • stastasta on Dec 18, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    (stored in a 50 kWh automotive-grade lithium-ion battery).
    this is defnitely not enough capacity to support EV infrastructure. a single tesla battery already require 60-100 kwh for a full charge.

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