Coffee lovers who own electric vehicles (EV) rejoice! Starbucks is set to be the first retail coffee chain in Malaysia to offer EV charging stations installed at its drive-through outlets.
The result of a partnership between Berjaya Starbucks Coffee Company Sdn Bhd (Starbucks Malaysia) and Yinson GreenTech (YGT), 23 charging stations have been installed at 17 Starbucks stores across the country during the first phase of the project for free until the end of the month.
Datuk Sydney Quays, CEO of Berjaya Food Bhd and managing director at Starbucks Malaysia & Brunei, has commented: “Charging your car should be as seamless as ordering a cup of coffee, and now it can be. As a company, we have always been passionate about protecting our planet and driving innovation to enhance the Starbucks experience for our customers.”
“With the inclusion of EV chargers in our stores, it represents a significant milestone in our sustainability efforts as a company, and we hope will lead the retail industry towards a decarbonised future for Malaysia.”
Two types of charging points are offered based on the EV users' charging needs, namely the DC fast chargers at 50 kilowatts to allow quick charging speeds that typically do not exceed an hour, while the standard AC chargers slowly charge EVs beyond an hour.
To utilise the charging stations, EV drivers will need to download the chargEV application via the Apple Store or Google Play store to activate their charging sessions.