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  • August 01, 2022 9 min read

    Charging infrastructure in Malaysia

     

    Range anxiety remains as one of the top concerns for consumers when considering the purchase of an EV in Malaysia. As such, matters concerning the EV charging infrastructure in Malaysia become even more crucial when you’re on the brink of deciding between purchasing regular fueled cars or a fully electric car. 


     

    Of course, you’re probably wondering how many charging stations are available throughout Malaysia. Are these charging stations located strategically so that you wouldn’t be stranded in the middle of a road trip because of a drained battery? Are there enough charging stations forevery EV owner, or will it become another issue like parking where it becomes a struggle to find an available one during your time of need?


     

    Well, these are valid questions. And they’re certainly concerning enough to make anyone hesitate from getting an electric car.


     

    Here’s what you should know about Malaysia’s EV charging infrastructure:


    How many EV charging stations are there in Malaysia?

    EV charging stations

     

    Firstly, before we get into the topic, it’s important for you to know that there are two types of charging available for EVs: AC and DC. (You’ll read more about this later on in this article). 


     

    Here’s a quick summary of the difference:


     

    • DC provides fast charging (2-3 hours per car); whilst 
    • AC charging takes nearly half a day (7-12 hours) to fully charge an EV.

     

    But first, how many of these charging stations are available in the country anyway?


     

    As of April 2022, there are about 500 public AC chargers and 9 public DC chargers in Malaysia today. ChargeEV has the largest AC charger network in the country, with over 300 units of AC chargers in-operation across states of Johor, Kedah, Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Penang, Putrajaya, Sarawak and Selangor.


     

    Basically, the amount of EV charging stations in Malaysia is still considerably low, despite being one of the first ones to start the initiative in 2016.


     

    But it still stands that the lack of robust EV infrastructure in Malaysia (along with the country’s strong dependency on fossil fuels) becomes a huge challenge. Especially when it comes to converting fueled-car users into EV owners.


     

    And of course, it becomes a huge challenge when you’realready an existing EV user in the country. 


     

    In fact, according to a survey conducted by BFM radio station via a Twitter poll, 40% of respondentswould not consider an EV because of this very reason.


     

    So, now it’s time to get into the next most frequently asked questions…


    How much does it cost to fully charge an EV in malaysia?

    charging ev car malaysia

     

    Of course, any purchasing decisions will eventually boil down to the lifelong cost of maintaining it. You’re probably wondering how much you can actually save when driving an EV.  After all, what good is going “green” if you can’t even afford to sustain that lifestyle? Does saving the environment have to correlate with a huge dip into your financial savings too?

     

    As much as it’d be great to showcase the exactcosts so that you can make better informed decisions…

     

    The fact is:it depends.

     

    Basically there are two types of EV charging stations: AC charging and DC charging.When it comes to electric mobility, two separate electrical currents can be used to fuel an electric vehicle (EV)—AC (alternating current) and DC (direct current). 


     

    Both AC and DC are important in the electric mobility world. You get AC power from the grid that is then converted to DC so it can be stored in an EV’s battery. When using an AC charging station, the conversion to DC happens inside the EV via an onboard charger, which is often limited. When using DC fast and ultra-fast charging stations, the conversion happens outside of the EV, using a larger converter.


     

    To fully recharge an electric car in Malaysia, here’s how much TNB charges (as of January 2018):


     

    Renault Zoe (22kWh) = RM14.57

     

    Mini Cooper SE (29.8kWh) = RM19.74

     

    Hyundai Kona (39.2kWh) = RM25.96

     

    BMW i3s (42.2kWh) = RM27.96

     

    Porsche Taycan (71kWh) = RM47.03

     

    Tesla Model 3 (50kWh) = RM33.12


     

    Generally, it can cost anywhere from RM50 to RM150 to fully charge an EV. Some stations will charge RM1.20 per minute of charging. However, it also highly depends on the car model and the type of charging you’re using, with DC charging being the more expensive option of the two.

    Where to find fast-chargers for electric cars in Malaysia?

    charging station electric car malaysia

     

     

    Here’s a list of available DC fast chargers around Malaysia (SOURCE.)

     

     

     

    DC fast chargers available in the Klang Valley

    ABB Malaysia / ABB Terra

    Jalan Lagoon Selatan, 47500 Damansara, Selangor

    Google Maps location link

    Charger is accessible 24 hours a day

    50 kW DC CCS2 or CHAdeMO, 43 kW AC

    Free-to-use (for all EV owners)

    Plugshare location link

     

    Exicom Malaysia / Exicom Harmony

    23, Jalan Linggis 15/24 Taman Perindustrian Linggis, Seksyen 15, 40200 Shah Alam, Selangor

    Google Maps location link

    9am to 6pm (Mon-Fri)

    120 kW DC CCS2 and CHAdeMo

    Pay-to-use, via ChargEv

    Plugshare location link

     

    Pantai Bharu Holdings/ Exicom Harmony

    1, Jalan Meru, Kawasan 17, 41050 Klang, Selangor, Malaysia

    Google Maps location link

    9am to 6pm (Mon-Sun)

    60 kW DC CCS2 and CHAdeMo, 22 kW AC

    Free-to-use (for all EV owners)

    Plugshare location link

     

    Hamza Motors / Exicom Harmony

    The Nizra Building, 8, Jalan Seri Penchala, Kampung Sungai Penchala, 60000 Kuala Lumpur

    Google Maps location link

    Charger is accessible 24 hours a day, with security

    60 kW DC CCS2 and CHAdeMo, 22 kW AC

    Free-to-use (for all EV owners)

    Plugshare location link

     

    Nichicon Bandar Baru Bangi

    4, Jalan P10/10, 43650 Kajang, Selangor

    Google Maps location link

    8am to 5pm

    50 kW DC CHAdeMo

    Free-to-use (for all EV owners)

    Plugshare location link

     

    Vision Motorsports / Exicom Harmony

    Jalan Tanjung Bandar Utama, Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

    Google Maps location link

    9am to 10pm daily

    40 kW DC CCS2 and CHAdeMo

    Free-to-use (for all EV owners)

    Plugshare location link

     

    Weststar Motors / Exicom Harmony

    366, Jln Tun Razak, Taman U Thant, 55000 Kuala Lumpur

    Google Maps location link

    9am to 5pm

    60 kW DC CCS2 and CHAdeMo, 22 kW AC

    Free-to-use (for all EV owners)

    Plugshare location link

     

    Zaibar Automobile / Exicom Harmony

    8, Persiaran Kuala Selangor, Hicom Industrial Estate, 40400 Shah Alam

    Google Maps location link

    8am to 5pm daily

    60 kW DC CCS2 or CHAdeMo, and 22 kW AC

    Free-to-use (for all EV owners)

    Plugshare location link

     

    Tenaga Switchgear

    Lot 3, Jalan Teknologi 3/6 Taman Sains Selangor, 1, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

    Google Maps location link

    8.30am to 5.30pm (Monday to Friday)

    120 kW DC CCS2

    Free-to-use (for all EV owners)

    Plugshare location link

     

    DC fast charging locations outside the Klang Valley

     

    Petron Jalan Kluang 2 / ABB Terra

    Jalan Batu Pahat, Taman Bersatu, 86000 Kluang, Johor

    Google Maps location link

    Charger is accessible 24 hours a day

    50 kW DC CCS2 or CHAdeMO, 43 kW AC

    Pay-to-use, via JomCharge

    Plugshare location link

     

    Abadi Motors / Exicom Harmony

    1683, Jalan Perusahaan, Bukit Tengah, 13600 Simpang Ampat, Pulau Pinang

    Google Maps location link

    9am to 5pm

    30 kW DC CCS2, 22 kW AC

    Free-to-use (for all EV owners)

    Plugshare location link

     

    ACO Group HQ / ABB Terra

    16, Jalan Firma 3, Kawasan Perindustrian Tebrau 4, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor

    Google Maps location link

    9am to 5pm, speak to security about using the ABB charger

    180 kW DC CCS2 or CHAdeMo

    Free-to-use (for all EV owners)

    Plugshare location link

     

     

    Palkom Motors / Exicom Harmony

    1, Jalan Kota Tinggi, Batu 7 1/4, Taman Pandan, Kawasan Perindustrian Pandan, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor

    Google Maps location link

    8am to 6pm daily

    40 kW DC CCS2 and CHAdeMo

    Free-to-use for all EV owners

    Plugshare location link

     

    SRS Automobile / Exicom Harmony

    Lot 10, No 23, Jalan P. Ramlee, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak

    Google Maps location link

    8.30am to 5pm (Mon-Sat)

    60 kW DC CCS2 and CHAdeMo, 22 kW AC

    Free-to-use (for all EV owners)

    Plugshare location link

     

    TJM Cars Kuantan / Exicom Harmony

    2, Jalan Gambut, 25000 Kuantan, Pahang

    Google Maps location link

    10am to 6.30pm

    60 kW DC CCS2 and CHAdeMo, 22 kW AC

    Free-to-use (for all EV owners)

    Plugshare location link

     

    BMW and Porsche DC fast charging networks

    Auto Bavaria Ara Damansara (BMW) / ABB Terra

    Block 1, Sime Darby Motors City, 6, Jalan PJU 1A/7, Ara Damansara, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

    Google Maps location link

    9am to 5pm

    180 kW DC CCS2 (but configured to 90 kW)

    Pay-to-use, via ChargEV

    Plugshare location link

     

    Auto Bavaria Kuala Lumpur (BMW)

    362, Jln Tun Razak, Taman U Thant, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

    Google Maps location link

    9am to 5pm

    120 kW DC CCS2

    Pay-to-use, via Plugit Cloud (RM15 transaction fee, free first 10 mins, RM1.40 per min after)

    Presently not listed on Plugshare, may not yet be operational

     

    Auto Bavaria Penang (BMW) / ABB Terra

    15, Jalan Anson, George Town, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang

    Google Maps location link

    Charger is accessible 24 hours a day

    25 kW DC CCS2

    Pay-to-use

    Plugshare location link

     

    Ingress Auto Damansara (BMW)

    2779 Jalan Damansara, Sungai Penchala, 60000 Kuala Lumpur

    Google Maps location link

    Charger is accessible 24 hours a day

    90 kW DC CCS2

    Pay-per-use, RM50 per charge (BMW/MINI EV owners), RM70 (non-BMW/MINI EV owners)

    Plugshare location link

     

    Millenium Welt (BMW)

    PT 50009, Jln Kuching, Mukim Batu, 51200 Kuala Lumpur

    Google Maps location link

    8.30 am to 6.30pm (showroom operating hours)

    180 kW DC CCS2

    Free-to-use for public (as listed on Plugshare)

    Plugshare location link

     

    Wheelcorp Premium (BMW) / Star Charge

    Jalan Setia Murni, U13/AH, Setia Alam, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor

    Google Maps location link

    8.30am to 7pm (showroom operating hours)

    180 kW DC CCS2

    Usage undefined, check with dealership

    Plugshare location link

     

    Tian Siang Premium Auto Ipoh (BMW)

    Jalan Kuala Kangsar, 99, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 30010 Ipoh, Perak

    Google Maps location link

    8.30am to 5.30pm (showroom operating hours)

    120 kW DC CCS2

    Pay-per-use, RM2.40 per min for non-BMW EV owners

    Plugshare location not yet defined

     

    Tian Siang Premium Auto Butterworth (BMW)

    Lot 6235, Jalan Baru, 13700 Perai, Penang

    Google Maps location link

    9am to 6pm (showroom operating hours)

    120 kW DC CCS2

    Pay-per-use, RM2.40 per min for non-BMW EV owners

    Plugshare location link

     

    Regas Premium Auto (BMW)

    801-2A Jalan Tun Jugah, 93350 Kuching, Sarawak

    Google Maps location link

    8.30am to 5pm (showroom operating hours)

    180 kW DC CCS2

    Usage undefined, check with dealership

    Plugshare location link

     

    Regas Premium Sabah (BMW)

    Lot 2, Jalan Iramanis, Off Jalan Bunga Ulam Raja, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

    Google Maps location link

    8.30am to 5pm (showroom operating hours)

    180 kW DC CCS2

    Usage undefined, check with dealership

    Plugshare location link

     

    Porsche Centre Ara Damansara / ABB Terra

    6, Jalan PJU 1A/7, Ara Damansara, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

    Google Maps location link

    9am to 6pm (Mon-Fri), 9am to 5pm (Sat) and 10am to 4pm (Sunday)

    175 kW DC CCS2

    Free, but complimentary use only for SDAP customers

    No Plugshare location, as it is a private network

     

    Porsche Centre Sungai Besi / ABB Terra

    306, Jln Sungai Besi, Chan Sow Lin, 57100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

    Google Maps location link

    9am to 6pm (Mon-Fri), 9am to 5pm (Sat) and 10am to 4pm (Sunday)

    175 kW DC CCS2

    Free, but complimentary use only for SDAP customers

    No Plugshare location, as it is a private network

     

    Porsche Centre Penang / ABB Terra

    Lot 6985, Jalan Baru, Mukim 1, Kampung Jawa, Seberang Perai, 13700 Perai, Pulau Pinang

    Google Maps location link

    9am to 6pm (Mon-Fri), 9am to 5pm (Sat) and 10am to 4pm (Sunday)

    175 kW DC CCS2

    Free, but complimentary use only for SDAP customers

    No Plugshare location, as it is a private network

     

    Highway DC fast charging locations

    Caltex Skudai Southbound, PLUS / ABB Terra

    13 Jalan R&R Skudai Kawasan R&R Skudai, 81400 Senai, Johor

    Google Maps location link

    Charger is accessible 24 hours a day

    50 kW DC CCS2 or CHAdeMO, 43 kW AC

    Pay-to-use, via JomCharge

    Plugshare location link


    Caltex Bukit Gantang Southbound, PLUS / ABB Terra

    Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan (Arah Selatan), Bukit Gantang R&R, 34850 Changkat Jering, Perak

    Google Maps location link

    Charger is accessible 24 hours a day

    50 kW DC CCS2 or CHAdeMO, 43 kW AC

    Pay-to-use, via JomCharge

    Plugshare location link

     

    Caltex Bukit Gantang Northbound, PLUS / ABB Terra

    KM226, Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan (Arah Utara), Bukit Gantang R&R, 34850 Changkat Jering, Perak

    Google Maps location link

    Charger is accessible 24 hours a day

    50 kW DC CCS2 or CHAdeMO, 43 kW AC

    Pay-to-use, via JomCharge

    Plugshare location link

     

    Caltex Ayer Keroh Northbound, PLUS / ABB Terra

    Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan (Arah Utara), Kawasan R&R Ayer Keroh, 78000 Alor Gajah, Malacca

    Google Maps location link

    Charger is accessible 24 hours a day

    50 kW DC CCS2 or CHAdeMO, 43 kW AC

    Pay-to-use, via JomCharge

    Plugshare location link

     

    Caltex Ayer Keroh Southbound, PLUS / ABB Terra

    KM 210, Lebuhraya Simpang Empat Ayer Keroh, 78000 Alor Gajah, Melaka

    Google Maps location link

    Charger is accessible 24 hours a day

    50 kW DC CCS2 or CHAdeMO, 43 kW AC

    Pay-to-use, via JomCharge

    Plugshare location link

     

    Shell Recharge Tangkak Southbound, PLUS / ABB Terra

    Tangkak Layby South Bound, 84900 Tangkak, Johor

    Google Maps location link

    Charger is accessible 24 hours a day

    180 kW DC CCS2

    Pay-to-use, via ParkEasy

    Plugshare location link



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