Charge+ Launches 5,000km EV Charging Highway in Southeast Asia

Singapore-based Charge+, the green mobility business of the Sunseap Group, has announced its plan to develop a 5,000km electric vehicle (EV) charging highway across 5 countries in Southeast Asia.

EV drivers can look forward to using the Charge+ App to access 45 direct current (DC) fast-charging locations spanning the countries of Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

This major initiative taps into Charge+’s strong track record as an EV charging provider in the Southeast Asian region where the firm is already operating in six countries, with about 1,000 charging points now in operation. All the stations along the highway will take on DC fast charging so as to allow a fast turnaround charging time for EV drivers.

This EV charging highway is slated to be the longest in Southeast Asia and among the longest of its kind in the world. The planning is for the distance between charging stations to be about 120km on average. The stations are located either directly on the highway or less than 2km from the interchanges.

This project will also help to address the longstanding concern by prospective EV buyers that EVs are not suitable for long-distance usage due to the lack of charging infrastructure, especially in more remote areas, as well as the cross-border challenges in registering for various Apps and handling different currency payments.

The planned charging stations, coupled with the App from Charge+, will therefore provide EV drivers with cross-border convenience and boost confidence in the transition to EVs as the eventual primary mode of land transport in Southeast Asia.

Of the planned 45 charging locations, Charge+ has confirmed 18 locations in the first phase where Charge+ will invest in, own and operate the charging stations.

These stations will be operational by the end of 2024 and include urban charging hubs in six key cities, namely Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

The remaining 27 locations will be ready by the end of 2025 and comprise both stations owned by Charge+ and those owned by strategic partners that have allowed Charge+ to roam with them.

“Ever since the founding of Charge+ in 2018, our vision was to catalyse electric mobility across Southeast Asia and provide EV drivers with a seamless experience. This EV charging highway project through five countries, represents another strategic milestone in the journey of Charge+ to be a truly impactful EV charging player for this region.”, said Ong Tze Boon, Chairman of Charge+.