A new partnership between Scentre Group and BMW Group Australia will see 40 new Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations conveniently installed in 10 Westfield shopping centres across NSW, QLD and VIC.
By March 2017, EV drivers will be able to access four charging stations per centre at Westfield Bondi Junction, Chatswood, Miranda, Sydney, Parramatta, Warringah Mall, Carindale, Chermside, Doncaster and Southland. The charging stations can be used by any EV free of charge and will see Westfield centres become the leading shopping destination for EV owners.
There are currently around 8000 Evs in operation in Australia and sales are steadily increasing, with over 35000 EVs expected on Australian roads by 2024.
Together, Scentre Group and BMW Group Australia are at the forefront of delivering infrastructure to accommodate this demand.
Tim Roberts, General Manager Leasing, Scentre Group says, “We’re very excited to partner with BMW Group Australia to bring such a comprehensive network of EV charging stations to our customers.
“This is all about convenience for the growing number of EV drivers in our local communities. EV drivers will be able to identify charging station locations in our centres via the ChargePoint app, online or through their BMW navigation system.”
BMW is leading the way when it comes to innovation and future mobility, offering a range of pure electric and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles in Australia.
Marc Werner, Chief Executive Officer of BMW Group Australia, is pleased to be part of a program that facilitates this growth and delivers additional EV infrastructure to Australian customers.
“The new charging stations at Westfield locations is another way BMW is providing mobility solutions to our customers as BMW i electric vehicles gain momentum in the Australian market,” said Werner.
About BMW i:
BMW i is a comprehensive and ground-breaking vehicle range committed to sustainability from concept and design, production and ongoing mobility solutions and services. BMW i owns the largest worldwide market presence of any electric vehicle manufacturer. Since its launch three years ago with the BMW i3 and BMW i8, 100,000 electric and PHEV vehicles have been sold worldwide.
BMW i technologies such as PHEV eDrive have now been successfully transferred to existing BMW models – including the BMW 3 Series and BMW X5 – delivering trademark BMW performance with low emission, fuel-efficient motoring.
About Scentre Group:
Scentre Group (ASX Code: SCG) is the owner and operator of Westfield in Australia and New Zealand with interests in 40 centres encompassing approximately 11,670 retail outlets and total assets under management of $43.3 billion
The BMW Group
With its three brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 31 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.
In 2015, the BMW Group sold approximately 2.247 million cars and nearly 137,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2015 was approximately € 9.22 billion on revenues amounting to € 92.18 billion. As of 31 December 2015, the BMW Group had a workforce of 122,244 employees.
The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.
- Westfield Bondi Junction
- Westfield Chatswood
- Westfield Miranda
- Westfield Sydney
- Westfield Warringah Mall
- Westfield Parramatta
- Westfield Carindale
- Westfield Chermside
- Westfield Doncaster
- Westfield Southland