June 21, 2024

Sustainable travel to the City of Pines is now more accessible with SM Supermalls’ EV Charging Station.

SM Supermalls is making traveling sustainable to Baguio City much more convenient with the launch of the first electric vehicle (EV) charging station in SM City Baguio.

E-VEHICLE CHARGING AT SM BAGUIO — SM City Baguio launched its first electric vehicle charging station located at Upper Basement parking area near the main entrance. The charging station features a Tritium RTM50 50-kilowatt DC rapid EV charger powered by Emicor, Inc. and can fully charge an e-vehicle at an average of 30 minutes to an hour. Gracing the launching are Asst. Mall Manager Michael Jason N. Pena, AVP for Operations North 1 Marc Janssen T. Pe, Emicor Inc President Mike De Joya, DOST-CAR ARD Pepita S. Picpican, Doy Tabilog of the City Mayor’s Office, Carpark Manager Domingo S. Gomez III, Mall Manager Rona Vida B. Correa, and carpark officer Jed Vincent S. Reyes. — SM City handout photo

The EV charging station will feature the Tritium EV charger from Emicor, SM Supermalls’ EV charging partner, making it the first mall in the city to bring free charging to its customers who use electric vehicles.

The charger can top up an average electric vehicle in just 30 minutes to an hour. The Tritum EV Charger is compatible with vehicles that are common in Europe, Australia, and South America, like the Renault Zoe, Peugeot e-208, Porsche Taycan, Volkswagen e-Golf, Tesla Model 3, Hyundai Ioniq, Audi e-tron, BMW i3, and Jaguar I-PACE.

It is also compatible with Japanese-made vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf and the Mitsubishi Outlander.

The installation of an EV charging station in SM City Baguio is part of SM Supermalls’ larger thrust to care for the environment and build more disaster resilient communities. SM has planted 600,000 trees in the countryside. SM City Baguio also features an underground rainwater catchment tank that helps mitigate the impact of heavy rains in the city. The expansion of SM City Baguio further helped alleviate traffic and pollution in the city and protected the area from the threat of erosion and landslides.

“We are committed to making the shift towards sustainable and greener transportation more accessible to our kababayans,” SM Supermalls President Steven T. Tan said.

“That’s why we are making sure we are installing more EV charging stations in SM malls around the country. Now you can travel from North to South and back again, without worrying about where you can charge your vehicle because you can be sure that there’s an SM mall with an EV charger near you,” he added.

SM Supermalls, the first mall chain to establish in-mall e-vehicle charging sites in the Philippines, has now made traveling “E-nywhere” more convenient because there are a total of over 22 chargers installed in 16 malls nationwide and there are more to come as more malls will install the facility before yearend.

“We believe that EVs are an important step towards a more sustainable future for all of us, and we are going all in to support this shift towards a greener transportation option for Filipinos,” Tan said. – Press release