As part of technological innovations to support its sustainable initiatives, SM Supermalls in the Philippines recently rolled out the first-ever in-mall free charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) at three of its shopping malls in Metro Manila: SM Aura in Taguig City, SM North Edsa in Quezon City and SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
More EV fast chargers are expected to be installed in other SM malls in the coming months.
“Part of our 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,” SM Supermalls President Steven T. Tan said.
The in-mall charging stations are located in SM AURA B1 Parking, SM Mall of Asia 3rd Level North Parking Building, and SM North Edsa 3rd Level North Parking Tower, have two Wallbox Pulsar Plus 7.4KW AC chargers per mall. These chargers support e-Vehicle brands such as Audi, BMW, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volkswagen, and Hyundai, among others.
The launch of the EV charging stations is part of SM Supermalls’ ongoing 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 accelerate its renewable energy and sustainability initiatives.
“We 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. Our goal is to increase our share of renewable energy sources by 50% by the end of 2022,” Tan said.
As of 2020, there are 12,965 registered EVs in the Philippines. SM Supermalls is one of the first mall chains 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.