CapitaLand Malls to offer electric car charging

After the launch of two models of electric-powered BMW sports cars in Singapore, CapitaLand has joined a project to install charging stations across some of its office and retail properties.

CapitaLand, BMW Group Asia and Greenlots  have teamed up for the first phase of installing public charging stations at five strategic locations in the CBD which are already operational – in Capital Tower, CapitaGreen, One George Street, Raffles City Singapore and Six Battery Rd.

The second phase is currently being implemented at four CapitaLand malls: Bedok Mall, The [email protected], The Star Vista and Westgate. The completion of phases one and two will bring the total number of public charging stations in Singapore up to 45, which will be located across 31 public locations. Among their first customers will be purchasers of the all-electric BMW i3 and BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports cars.

Greenlots is a global provider of open standards-based technology solutions for electric vehicle (EV) networks. The company says the partnership marks a new era for Singapore, as it signals the commitment to expand open-standards based electric vehicle charging for public use in the city-state. It is also the largest collaboration between a leading real estate developer and a premium automobile manufacturer to install public EV charging infrastructure.

“This installment marks a significant milestone for electric mobility in Singapore, as we lay a sustainable foundation for the sector to thrive. We are dedicated to accelerating EV adoption in the city-state and a robust charging network needs support from car companies and the real estate sector. We are pleased to be partnering with industry leaders as we bolster open-standards based public EV charging for Singapore,” said Lin Khoo, Senior VP of Greenlots.

CapitaLand will offer an extensive EV public charging network in the country with 12 charging stations across nine strategic locations. Out of the 31 public EV charging locations, CapitaLand properties make up nearly one-third of the entire island-wide network.

It is also the first and only property developer in Southeast Asia to introduce a network of charging stations for EVs and PHEVs that spans properties across the integrated development, shopping mall, serviced residence, office and residential sectors. The EV charging stations available at CapitaLand properties will be accessible to all owners of EVs by any manufacturer.  EV owners simply have to register via the Greenlots mobile app in order to start using the public charging network.

Tan Seng Chai, group chief corporate officer and chairman at CapitaLand said: “As a responsible developer, CapitaLand is committed to operating our buildings in a sustainable manner. We understand that the availability of charging stations is key to greater adoption of EVs, which helps reduce carbon emissions.”

CapitaLand says it will offer more than 100 EV charging stations at more than 40 properties throughout Asia and Europe, across integrated, shopping mall, serviced residence, office and residential developments.

“This will form an integrated CapitaLand network of charging stations, where our customers who are EV owners can plug-in and charge their cars easily and seamlessly when they live, work and play at our properties,” said Tan Seng Chai.

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