September 30, 2023
ECO-FRIENDLY CAR — SM currently has 27 electronic vehicle charging stations nationwide, mostly equipped with wallbox type 2 plugs where one can bring their own adapter, while SM Baguio uses Tritium that can refill the car’s battery within an hour. — SM photo

Can you really drive your electric car from Metro Manila to Baguio without any worries?

The answer is yes with 27 SM malls offering electronic vehicle (EV) charging stations nationwide.

This makes the SM group the biggest chain of malls in the country to offer this service.

The EV charging stations in SM Supermalls is one of the sustainability initiatives under the SM Green Movement. “Aside from advocating air conservation and clean energy through this innovation, we champion solid waste management, water conservation, energy efficiency and disaster resilience for a greener, safer tomorrow,” said SM Supermalls President Steven Tan.

Electric cars have been making rounds across the Americas and Europe in recent years. But have you ever wondered what it would be like to drive your own EV in the Philippines? Where it could take you? What happens if you ran out of charge?

Now, let’s say you just bought your new ride; can you actually take it to Baguio without a hitch? A one-way drive from SM Mall of Asia to SM Baguio is approximately 300 kilometers. That single trip takes around six hours, including potty breaks and other necessary stopovers.

Generally, the new electric vehicles that arrived in our country would need at least five minutes of charging to get through 100 kilometers of travel. You would have to allot at least 30 minutes on average if you consider the battery capacity of your car. If your car battery is fully drained, you might need to charge it for about half a day.

Filipinos are usually skeptical of new technology amid our centuries-old normativity. Some of the concerns raised by enthusiasts are the cost of charging, especially with the looming energy price, and the availability of charging stations.

SM currently has 27 EV charging stations nationwide, mostly equipped with wallbox type 2 plugs. You can bring your own adapter, while SM Baguio uses tritium that can refill the car’s battery within an hour. Charging stations are also available at SM City Clark, SM Center Tuguegarao Downtown, SM City Trece Martires, and Sky Ranch Tagaytay.

These centers have been energy-efficient and can power their operations throughout the day, which makes all of SM’s charging stations free of charge nationwide.

To know more about SM’s charging stations, click this link: – Press release