Meralco installs EV charging stations at McDonald's stores

Published December 20, 2021, 3:38 PM

by Myrna M. Velasco

Domestic power giant Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) has partnered with Golden Arches Development Corp. (GADC) for the installation of EV charging stations at McDonald’s branches.

In a statement, Meralco said that its subsidiary eSakay was tapped by McDonald’s Philippines operator GADC for pioneering EV charging stations at its McDonald’s Green and Good stores in UN Avenue-Ermita in Manila, Shaw Boulevard, and Wack-Wack Mandaluyong.

“The deployment of eSakay charging stations, which cater to two and three-wheeled EVs, supports McDonald’s commitment to provide better and more environmentally sustainable stores for customers,” said Meralco. It also said that “eSakay will heighten its collaboration with McDonald’s as it plans to deploy EV charging stations to more branches, furthering both companies’ sustainability initiatives in their respective business operations.”

As designed, the EV charging stations will be coin-operated and this will allow EV users to plug-in their electric bikes or e-scooters at McDonalds stores for just a minimal fee of P1.00 for a five-minute charge; P5 for 25-minute charge; and P10 for 50-minute charge.

“Each charging station can accommodate two users at a time, with two outlets having a power rating of 2,200 watts each,” said Meralco.

Raymond B. Ravelo, chief sustainability officer of Meralco and president of eSakay, noted their partnership with McDonalds for the installation of EV chargers “underscores our commitment to support green mobility efforts in line with Meralco’s sustainability agenda.”

Beyond the partnership that eSakay had already cemented with McDonald’s, Ravelo indicated that the company now looks forward to “working very closely with even more companies in driving key sustainability programs…as part of our pledge to protect and preserve our planet, and to power good lives for Filipinos.”

eSakay, which is the electric mobility solutions firm of Meralco, will be among the subsidiaries that will help the conglomerate achieve its sustainability goals that have been primarily anchored on its targeted carbon emissions reduction.

Part of the proof-of-concept business model that Meralco has been propagating is converting its own vehicle fleets into zero-emissions EVs, including the motorcycles, e-cars, electric vans and pick-ups that are now being deployed at its various business units and site offices.