In a bid to blend technological innovation with sustainable practices, SM Supermalls takes a giant leap toward the future by introducing the first-ever FREE in-mall E-Vehicle Charging Stations at SM Urdaneta Central. The initiative aims to make eco-friendly alternatives more accessible to the public, setting a precedent for green initiatives within the retail sector.
Visitors to SM Urdaneta Central need not worry about navigating the expansive mall grounds to find these charging stations; their electric blue branding makes them easily visible in the parking areas. With straightforward instructions – “Grab, Pop, Plug!” – the user-friendly stations are designed to make the charging process as simple as possible.
Located in the basement parking near the entrance stairs, SM Urdaneta Central currently hosts two free charging stations. The charging process is a breeze: users can grab the cable from the Wallbox, extend it to their vehicle, pop open the charging port, plug in the charger, and wait for the white light to turn green, indicating that the vehicle is charging. To unplug, users can wait for the green light to revert to white, unplug the charger from the port, and return the cable to the Wallbox.
The Wallbox Pulsar Plus 7.4KW AC chargers at SM Urdaneta Central support a range of popular e-Vehicle brands, including Audi, BMW, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volkswagen, and Hyundai, among others.
The introduction of E-Vehicle Charging Stations aligns with SM Supermalls’ commitment to creating a safe and sustainable environment for mallgoers. According to SM Supermalls President Steven T. Tan, “Part of that commitment is building a greener environment for everyone.”
This endeavor toward sustainability is not limited to Urdaneta; SM Supermalls has plans to replicate the success by opening similar charging stations in Clark, Baguio, and throughout Luzon. The ultimate goal is to make E-Vehicle Charging Stations a nationwide effort, contributing significantly to a sustainable future.
Recognizing the importance of collaboration, SM Supermalls has partnered with key government agencies to ensure the success of this green initiative. Partnerships with the Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Science and Technology, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources underline SM Supermalls’ dedication to a greener future.
As SM Supermalls takes this pioneering step, it not only transforms the shopping experience but also sets the stage for a more sustainable and eco-friendly future. The E-Vehicle Charging Stations are not just a technological upgrade; they represent a commitment to environmental responsibility and a vision for a greener tomorrow.