Published on April 21st, 2022 | by Amirul Mukminin0
Singaporean Firm Launches EV Charging Network Spanning From Johor To Penang
Malaysians and Singaporeans can now embark on a worry-free EV road trip
The expansion of electric vehicle (EV) charging network in Malaysia has taken a step forward with the launch of an EV charging service by Singaporean piped town gas firm City Energy in partnership with Malaysian EV charging specialist EV Connection Sdn Bhd.
Simply known as Go, the service provides a cross-border network of charging points from Johor to Penang. These chargers can be accessed via a dedicated mobile app that can be linked to any credit card for payments.
Currently, there are 20 Go charging points in Malaysia, with most of them located along the North-South Highway. According to The Straits Times, EV Connection founder Lee Yuen How said the company aims to add 50 more chargers by the end of this year to allow EV drivers to travel towards the east coast.
In Singapore, the Go charging points are available at private condominiums, starting with Parc Botannia at Fernvale. City Energy said the network will be expanded to more private residential and commercial sites by end of 2030.
Charging rates are RM1.20 per minute for the 50 kW DC chargers and between RM2 and RM3 per hour for the 7 kW AC chargers. To compare, the rates in Singapore are 51 cents (RM1.61) for 22 kW AC chargers and 55 cents (RM1.73) per kWh for 50 kW DC chargers. No subscription fees are needed.
Singapore’s sole piped town gas provider, City Energy, today announces the official launch of Go by City Energy (Go), its electric vehicle (EV) charging service under its new subsidiary, City Energy Go Pte. Ltd. Go will be the first EV charging service provider to offer a seamless operational service across Singapore and Malaysia with just one mobile application (app).
City Energy first announced plans to offer EV charging solution as a service when it made public its rebranding from City Gas on 1 December 2021. The 160-year-old heritage company continues its pivot to provide new energy solutions for smarter and greener living, beyond its core piped gas services to more than 870,000 homes and businesses in Singapore.
Under the new branding, Go, the EV service provider finances, operates and maintains a network of EV charging stations; supported by its mobile app, and strategic partnership with EV Connection Sdn. Bhd. (EV Connection) to extend charging connectivity into Malaysia.
In its official launch held at Parc Botannia today, Go signed an agreement with EV Connection to extend connectivity into Malaysia. Invited media witnessed a Malaysia-based user charging his electric vehicle via the Go mobile app, demonstrating the ease of EV charging in Malaysia when one is on the Go app.
City Energy Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Perry Ong , says, “As City Energy pivots to be a green energy solutions provider for smarter and greener living, beyond its core piped gas services to more than 870,000 homes and businesses in Singapore, the launch of Go by City Energy enables us to continue our mission of providing greener energy for our city, leveraging our status as a trusted brand to power earth-friendly rides. Go will be the first service in Singapore that extends EV charging capabilities into Malaysia, providing an added convenience for drivers on both sides of the Causeway as well as up and down the North-South Highway. We are confident that both consumers and real estate developers will take advantage of the total value we offer for greener and smarter living.”
Connected Charging Capabilities in Malaysia
EV Connection is one of Malaysia’s pioneers in electric vehicle charging solutions and an authorised EV charging station distributor registered with Suruhanjaya Tenaga, CIDB, Tenaga Nasional Berhad and MyHijau. EV Connection is a TÜV SÜD certified EV charger installer, and works with numerous auto-manufacturers. With this partnership, Go drivers may access EV Connection’s network of charge points in Malaysia from 19 April 2022.
Founder of EV Connection and Managing Director of JomCharge, Mr. Lee Yuen How, says, “EV Connection strives to provide practical solutions to spearhead the green industry here in Malaysia. This groundbreaking strategic partnership with Go by City Energy allows both Singapore and Malaysia EV drivers to extend their range across both countries for maximum connectivity and convenience.”
Bringing EV Charging Services to Private Condominiums and Commercial Buildings
City Energy is leveraging its strong and long-established relationships with real estate developers which prefer town gas in their private condominium developments due to its greener and greater value benefits to residents, with the first operationally available EV charge points at Parc Botannia from today.
With both standard AC chargers and faster DC chargers, Go charge points will also be available for residents at another eleven (11) private condominiums Olloi in Marine Parade (May 2022), Jadescape in Marymount (July 2022), Parc Komo in Changi (Q1 2023), Van Holland in Holland Village (April 2023), Kopar at Newton in Newton (Jan 2024), The M Condo in Bugis (Q1 2024), Forett at Bukit Timah in Bukit Timah (October 2024), North Gaia in Yishun (January 2025), The Arden in Bukit Batok (January 2026), A Treasure Trove in Punggol and North Park Residences in Yishun.
Said Mr Lee Sze Hao, CEO, Sing Holdings Limited, “We are proud to partner City Energy for their first installation of Go charge points in our residential development Parc Botannia at Fernvale, and our upcoming executive condominium North Gaia in Yishun. Both properties are inspired and surrounded by nature, making them the ideal locations for conscious green living with the comfort of timeless modern design. ” Mr. Lee continued, “The EV charging services provided by Go for both projects are essential solutions for the next generation of Singapore living.”
Said Ms Yen Chong, Deputy General Manager, Qingjian Realty, “We believe in creating well – designed, innovative homes that complement the needs of homeowners who want to live greener and smarter. We have partnered City Energy for more than 10 years, and it is a natural extension of our longstanding partnership to encourage earth-friendly rides powered by Go for homeowners in our future developments Jadescape, Forett at Bukit Timah and The Arden. We think that our residents will look forward to having such EV charging facilities as more embrace the switch to electric vehicles. We value this fruitful partnership with City Energy for the benefit it brings to our homeowners.”
Go by City Energy is one of the qualified LTA Smart Charger Operators which will facilitate property developers to qualify for LTA’s EV Common Charger Grant (ECCG) grants. Go is a Smart Charger Operator for ECCG