With the Philippines having its first EV law with the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act (EVIDA) or Republic Act 11697, SM Supermalls deployed the first-ever in-mall free charging stations for EVs.
The chargers will be initially available in key cities with an aim to roll out to their other properties.
The charging stations made their simultaneous launch on April 28, 2022 in key locations: SM Aura in Taguig City, SM North EDSA in Quezon City, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, and SM Megamall in Mandaluyong.
Demo electric vehicles from PGA Cars such as the new Audi e-Tron SUV and Porsche Taycan were on display at the official launch event in SM Aura.
“SM Supermalls will remain true to our promise of creating a safe malling experience for our mallgoers, and part of that commitment is building a greener environment for everyone. We will always strive to ramp up our efforts to give back to our communities through our innovative projects in driving sustainability in our 79 malls nationwide. We want to urge everyone to consider more sustainable options in their everyday life, and shifting to e-Vehicles is a giant leap towards a greener future for all of us,” said Steven T. Tan, SM Supermalls president.
The in-mall charging stations are conveniently located in SM AURA B1 Parking, SM Mall of Asia 3rd Level North Parking Building, SM Megamall B1 Parking Mega Fashion Hall, and SM North Edsa 3rd Level North Parking Tower. Each location is equipped with two Wallbox Pulsar Plus 7.4KW AC chargers.
SM says these chargers support e-Vehicle brands with Type 2 connectors such as Audi, BMW, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volkswagen, and Hyundai, among others.
The launch of the EV charging stations in premier SM malls is a product of SM Supermalls’ continuous partnership with the Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Science and Technology, and Department of Trade and Industry in assisting the government to accelerate its renewable energy and sustainability initiatives.
“SM Supermalls will continue our staunch support of the government’s new EV law and the National Renewable Energy Program to promote a more eco-friendly society for all Filipinos. We remain steadfast in our goal of increasing our share of renewable energy sources by 50 percent by the end of 2022,” said Tan.
SM Supermalls is the first mall chain to establish in-mall e-Vehicle charging sites in the country. In 2018, SM North Edsa inaugurated its first EV charging station to service electric public transport routes, and most recently these EV chargers have been updated.
In the coming months, expect that more fast chargers will be installed in other SM Malls nearest you.