BMW & Gentari launch Charge Go EV mobile charging service – Exora repurposed as EV saviour

BMW Group Malaysia has just launched its new mobile charging service, thanks to its strategic partnership with clean energy solutions provider – Gentari’s EV Charge Go (EVCG) mobile charging service. Housed by two Proton Exora MPVs which were on display here at BMW Group Malaysia’s House of Forwardism event in Kuala Lumpur, the EV mobile chargers all carry a 30 kWh battery pack each, and are capable of delivering outputs of up to 30 kW DC.

The mobile chargers each come with various types of charging sockets to serve different cars’ charging needs. This includes a CCS2 socket, an AC Type 2 socket, and interestingly, a GBT socket too.

As for the mobile chargers’ pricing and areas of availability, no information has been shared by the companies just yet. However, what we know thus far is that the service will be made available by the end of this year, with further details to be announced at a later date.

BMW Group Malaysia Managing Director, Hans De Visser said, “We are thrilled to bring our mobile charging vehicle concept – one that we unveiled earlier this year, to life with Gentari. Our partnerships with key players like them underscore our belief that industry-wide collaboration is the engine driving the transformation towards an Electric Future.”

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De Visser added, “We hope to inspire more players in this field to elevate their commitment to electrification, collectively enriching the local EV ecosystem. This collaboration will be made available towards end of 2023.”

Gentari Deputy CEO and Gentari Green Mobility Sdn Bhd CEO, Shah Yang Razalli said, “The launch of Charge Go with BMW is another innovative solution that exemplifies Gentari’s customer-centricity. This mobile charging solution is a product of the collective effort amongst local industry players, including SMEs, to strengthen the local EV ecosystem in coming up with our very own and locally designed solution in this space. This solution, the first of many to come from Gentari, aims to bolster range confidence, making the transition to EVs an easy one.”

EVCG was initially set up as Gentari’s pilot project that is aimed at businesses. With the EV mobile chargers, EVs can stay charged during applications such as events and trade shows.

The energy solutions provider posted footage of its Proton Exora prototype mobile EV chargers on its official Twitter page to promote its mobile charger service. The mobile EV chargers, in the form of converted Proton Exora MPVs and a Toyota Hiace van carried batteries with 30 kWh and 60 kWh capacities.

Back in May, BMW Group Malaysia also previewed its own Mobile Charging Vehicle prototype, together with EV Connection, at the previously held Malaysia Autoshow 2023. BMW Malaysia’s Mobile Charging Vehicle, just like EVCG’s, was also housed by an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicle, but in the form of a Nissan Vanette.

The BMW Mobile Charging Vehicle was made of used batteries from BMW and MINI EVs, with about 70% of State of Health (SoH). It is capable of providing up to 30 kW three-phase AC power on demand via its 20 kWh battery.

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