BMW Malaysia has just delivered a fleet of BMW 530e Sport plug-in hybrid (PHEV) to Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) last week ahead of the 2018 Conference of the Electric Power Supply Industry (CEPSI) that will take place from 17 to 22 September 2018.
The fleet of hybrid business saloon will be used as the official cars for the conference in which BMW Malaysia is the official e-Mobility Partner. The cars were handed over by Managing Director and CEO of BMW Group Malaysia, Harald Hoelzl to TNB’s Chief Corporate Officer and AESIEAP 2017/2018 Secretary-General, Datuk Wira Roslan Ab Rahman at TNB Headquarters in Bangsar.
Commenting on the partnership between BMW Group Malaysia with TNB and CEPSI 2018, Hoelzl said: “The collaboration signifies BMW Malaysia’s intention in being a key partner in transforming the local Electro Mobility industry and the country’s ambition in Sustainable Development. We look forward in exchanging our industry-leading expertise and insights as well as gain knowledge from the many thought leaders at CEPSI to shape a better Malaysia.”
Datuk Wira Roslan meanwhile said that the 530e business sedan will be used to shuttle VVIPs and AESIEAP Executive Council Members throughout the five-day conference. “This e-mobility partnership is the first of its kind for CEPSI since its inception in 1976 in Hong Kong SAR. The partnership is timely as electric vehicles are generating a revolution in transportation across the globe. On this note, TNB through our wholly-owned subsidiary, TNB Energy Services Sdn. Bhd. is collaborating with Malaysian Green Technology Corporation to deliver an integrated service to EV owners in Malaysia,” said Roslan.
The BMW 530e Sport is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder paired to BMW’s eDrive plug-in hybrid drive system to give a combined output of 252 hp and 420 Nm of torque. This allows the 530e to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.2 seconds while capable of hitting a top speed of 235 km/h.
Juicing the electric motors is a 9.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that gives the 530e a pure electric range of 48 km at speeds of up to 140 km/h. When plugged into a conventional wall socket, the battery takes under five hours to be fully charged while the BMW i-Wallbox will cut charging time to under three hours.