Gentari partners Sarawak Energy to roll out first EV charging station in Sarawak
A new charging facility in Kuching’s ICOM Square is now the largest public charging station in terms of capacity and speed in Borneo
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – 7 September 2023 – Clean energy solutions provider Gentari Sdn Bhd (Gentari) via its wholly-owned subsidiary, Gentari Green Mobility Sdn Bhd, has expanded its electric vehicle (EV) charging network into Sarawak in partnership with Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB).
The first charging points in the state are located at Kuching’s ICOM Square, a strategic lifestyle location with easy access to malls, restaurants and office buildings. The station offers three charging points, two of which are equipped with an impressive 180kW DC charging power, making it the fastest and largest capacity public charging station in Borneo.
Accessible 24/7, the charging service will be on trial throughout the month of September. Users in Kuching will also have the convenience of accessing a network of 600 charging points across Malaysia through Gentari’s EV roaming network via both the Setel and JomCharge mobile application.
“The launch of Gentari’s inaugural EV fast charging station in Kuching in collaboration with Sarawak Energy Berhad, marks a pivotal stride in advancing the EV infrastructure across Sarawak. This launch, the first of many to come, signifies substantial progress in bolstering the region’s EV network. By introducing 24/7 fast charging capabilities, we are not only building range confidence, but making the transition to EVs an appealing one,” said Shah Yang Razalli, Deputy CEO of Gentari and CEO of Green Mobility Sdn Bhd.
In June 2023, Gentari signed a Strategic Collaboration Agreement with SEB, which includes partnering to grow EV adoption in Sarawak through the development of a comprehensive and wide-ranging Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure in the state – an initiative that will be vital for promoting green mobility solutions and encouraging the shift towards low carbon transportation. Efforts to encourage EV adoption in Sarawak will also support the Malaysian government’s plan to reach 10,000 EV charging stations in Malaysia by 2025 under the Low Carbon Mobility Blueprint (LCMB) 2021- 2030.
“Sarawak Energy is pleased to introduce Borneo’s fastest public EV Charger in partnership with Gentari. This marks the beginning of our commitment to build a network of EV chargers across Sarawak, connecting major towns and cities starting here in Kuching and crossing the Pan Borneo Highway for an anxiety free journey.”
“As Malaysia’s largest renewable energy provider, we are committed to greening the grid and electrifying the fleet. This aligns perfectly with Sarawak’s Post COVID-19 Development Strategy in support of decarbonising the transportation sector,” said Datu Haji Sharbini Suhaili, Group Chief Executive Officer, Sarawak Energy.
The launch event was held at the Sustainability and Renewable Energy Forum 3.0 (SAREF 3.0), Sarawak Energy’s flagship event. First organised in 2019, SAREF is a 10-year thought leadership campaign aimed at initiating conversations on renewable energy and actionable solutions in Southeast Asia, focusing on meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).