Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), Malaysia’s sustainable energy solutions provider, and Chargeplus Sdn Bhd (Charge+), a subsidiary of Singapore-based integrated electric vehicle (EV) charging solution provider Charge+ Pte Ltd., have announced a joint initiative to explore a ground-breaking cross-border roaming platform.
This platform will effortlessly connect their customers to EV charging points across Malaysia and Singapore, revolutionizing the EV driving experience, TNB said in a statement on Wednesday.
The MoU forms the cornerstone for the development of a seamless cross-border network of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, in alignment with the National Energy Transition Roadmap’s (NETR) goal to deploy 10,000 EV charging stations by 2025.
TNB President and Chief Executive Officer Baharin Din described this collaboration as a remarkable opportunity to explore the technical and commercial feasibility of international roaming arrangements.
“This partnership is designed to significantly enhance the customer experience for both TNB and Charge+ as they embark on cross-border journeys,
According to him, this MoU marks Malaysia’s pioneering cross-border roaming alliance in the EV charging sector.
As part of the firm’s grand vision, he said this strategic partnership will be integrated into an expansive network of 30,000 charging points by 2030, spanning a 5,000-kilometer EV highway across five Southeast Asian countries namely Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
“TNB is taking significant strides to increase the accessibility of electric vehicle charging points within Malaysia and beyond,
Addressing concerns about the suitability of electric vehicles for extended journeys and crossborder travel, Baharin expressed his confidence that this roaming initiative will play a pivotal role in challenging and reshaping perceptions.
“The improved convenience will alleviate concerns of range anxiety that EV drivers may have, thereby driving greater adoption of EVs in Malaysia,
“The TNB and Charge+ partnership will also contribute to reducing overall carbon emissions in Malaysia, supporting our nation’s goal to achieve Net Zero 2050 and aligning with NETR objectives,” he said.
Furthermore, Baharin highlighted that this strategic partnership will enable users of the TNB Electron charging stations’ mobile application (GO TO-U) and Charge+ (Charge+) to conveniently access the EV charging assets of both companies, providing a more convenient cross-border charging experience for TNB Electron and Charge+ customers.