SM to install e-vehicle charging stations in malls

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SM Supermalls has agreed to install around the country the fast-charging stations for electric vehicles of QEV Philippines, the tech start-up said on Monday.

In a statement, QEV Philippines Electromobility Solutions and Consulting Group, Inc. said SM Supermalls signed an agreement to put up the ABB electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers that allow two separate charging protocols.

“The installation of EV charging infrastructure will support the proliferation of the EV industry as well as aid QEV’s mission to reduce carbon emissions and make use of a more sustainable source of energy in order to have cleaner and greener cities,” it said.

The agreement follows a similar deal it signed earlier this month with Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp., which agreed to install 100 pilot sites for the EV charging posts.

“The ABB EV chargers will be able to charge EVs that are either on the CCS and Chademo protocol. While most European cars like BMW already have vehicles that charge with CCS, most Japanese branded-EVs such as Nissan and Mitsubishi make use of Chademo,” QEV Philippines said.

QEV Philippines is the joint venture between Filipino businessman Enrique M. Aboitiz and his Spanish business partner Enrique Bañuelos. They plan to put up at least 200 EV fast chargers nationwide by 2022 with the help of location partners. Mr. Aboitiz is a director of Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc.

QEV Philippines, the local unit of QEV Capital Pte. Ltd., did not immediately respond when asked about the number of stations it will put up at the malls.

SM Prime Holdings owns SM Supermalls, which has a 63 shopping malls in the Philippines.

In QEV Philippines’ deal with Pilipinas Shell, it said the first installations of the charging stations would take place in December 2017. – Victor V. Saulon