Published on July 21st, 2023 | by Subhash Nair


AstraZeneca and Sime Darby Motors Forge a First-of-its-Kind Partnership for Electric Vehicles

AstraZeneca and Sime Darby Motors Malaysia sign an EV adoption agreement.

In a significant stride towards environmental sustainability and combating climate change, AstraZeneca, a global biopharmaceutical company, has joined hands with Sime Darby Motors (SDM) Malaysia, one of the country’s leading automotive players. Through a recently formalized Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), both companies are set to fast-track the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) under Sime Darby Motors for AstraZeneca’s employees. This pioneering collaboration not only marks a breakthrough for Malaysia but also emphasizes the growing trend of corporations prioritizing environmental stewardship to create a better and sustainable future.


Driving Towards a Greener Future

AstraZeneca’s commitment to transitioning to an EV fleet is closely tied to its Ambition Zero Carbon sustainability program. The program aims to reduce carbon emissions and achieve net-zero emissions for planetary health, making it a key component of the company’s broader strategy to address climate change. By partnering with Sime Darby Motors, AstraZeneca takes a significant step towards realizing its decarbonization targets and actively managing the risks and opportunities presented by climate change.

As EV fleets predominantly use renewable energy resources for charging, the partnership with Sime Darby Motors enables AstraZeneca to proactively manage its environmental impact. This move aligns with the global call to action to shift towards more sustainable practices and signifies AstraZeneca’s commitment to playing its part in mitigating climate change.

Empowering AstraZeneca Employees with EVs

The partnership between AstraZeneca and Sime Darby Motors enables AstraZeneca employees to access corporate rates for EV vehicles, particularly from renowned brands such as BMW, BYD, and Hyundai. This initiative not only promotes the adoption of greener transportation options but also empowers employees to contribute actively to environmental conservation.

As AstraZeneca pursues its sustainability goals, it recognizes the significance of collaborations like this in accelerating the transition to EVs and reducing the overall carbon footprint. By providing attractive incentives to its employees, AstraZeneca sets an example for other corporations to follow suit, fostering a culture of environmental responsibility and sustainability.

SDM’s Leadership in Driving EV Adoption

Jeffrey Gan, Managing Director of Sime Darby Motors Retail and Distribution – Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, and Macau, expressed the company’s commitment to supporting AstraZeneca in their transition to EVs. He emphasized the role of partners like AstraZeneca in helping Sime Darby Motors achieve its vision of a more energy-efficient product portfolio by 2025 and becoming a leading force for EV adoption in Malaysia.

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Sime Darby Motors offers a diverse range of world-leading EV brands, including BMW, MINI, Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche, Volvo, Hyundai, BYD, and Ford. The company is actively expanding its EV line-ups, charging network, and technical expertise to cater to the growing demand for electric vehicles. This forward-thinking approach aligns with the company’s mission to be future-ready in the automotive industry while contributing significantly to Malaysia’s transition towards a greener, more sustainable transportation landscape.

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