Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, together with its partner, Resorts World Genting today launched the first electric vehicle (EV) charging station at the Awana SkyCentral Transportation Hub Carpark located at Genting Highlands Premium Outlets (GHPO). Equipped with Schneider Electric’s robust and energy-efficient charging solution, customers visiting the resort can now charge their EVs at their convenience and ease.
“Studies show the sales of new electric cars worldwide surpassed two million units for the first time in 2018, marking a 72 percent increase over the previous year at an average market share of 2.1 percent. With more consumers today embracing EVs for improved fuel economy and reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the demand for EV charging stations has also increased. We are thrilled to be partners with Resorts World Genting in their efforts to meet the demand for EV from its local and international holidaymakers at the resort,” said Astri Ramayanti Dharmawan, Country President, Schneider Electric Malaysia.
“When it comes to environmental responsibility, incremental gains are no longer enough. We already consume 1.7 planets’ worth of resources per year. At Schneider Electric, we believe that sustainability must be the endgame of any company in today’s world. It is at the core of our strategy and a great value that we deliver to our customers, shareholders and employees,” added Astri.
Resorts World Genting is situated 58km away from Kuala Lumpur at 6,000 feet above sea level in Genting Highlands, saw 25.9 million visitors from Malaysia and neighbouring countries last year. Its attraction comprises of one latest cable car system – Awana Skyway, SkyAvenue Mall that has over 250 retail and restaurants plus indoor attractions – SkySymphony, SkyTropolis Indoor Theme Park, over seven hotels with 10,000 rooms, entertainment, convention, GHPO and coming soon, the outdoor theme park.
Ganaesan Subramaniam, Vice President of Hotel Operations at Resorts World Genting said, “Part of the idea of us having the Awana SkyCentral Transportation Hub Carpark that has nearly 5,000 parking bays is to encourage our customers to park and ride the cable car system to the peak or to park and shop at GHPO. We have successfully done this as it has an average of 50 percent occupancy rate during weekday, and on public holidays and weekends over 100 percent. We can confidently say that many of our customers drive premium urban vehicles that has petrol-electric version these days and there is a need to have EV charger at the carpark.”
We were fortunate to have met with Schneider Electric who is a pioneer in this field to set up our first EV charger system here. We are excited to be partnering with an established global specialist in energy management as Schneider Electric. Their charging solutions were awarded with the Green Premium ecolabel that guarantees compliance with the most up-to-date environmental regulations,” he added.
Schneider Electrics’ EVlink Smart Wallbox charging solution comes with built-in energy management function that enables efficient and responsible use of energy without compromise to the overall performance of the solution. Compatible with all electric vehicles on the road today, the solution can charge up to 10 times faster than a domestic socket outlet, depending on the EV used and the charging power capacity of the solution. With a rated charging power of 7.4kW and a Type 2 socket outlet, it will take GHPO’s EV users an average charging time of four hours for a typical electric passenger car to achieve a range of 40KM.
Compliant with full electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle charging standards, Schneider Electric’s EVlink Smart Wallbox provides optimum user protection as it is powered by a dedicated brand circuit in the electrical switchboard that has been inspected by a qualified electrician. Unlike domestic socket outlets, the solution is designed to deliver a high charging current for long periods of use daily. The solution also comes with user-friendly ‘plug-in and charge’ design as well as intuitive interface that includes a light indicator for charging status and a one-touch stop/restart button.
With the 22 kW version, you can charge up to 3 times faster. The distance obtained from a full charge is dependent on individual car specification.