Maxis has started to transition to electric vehicles (EV) with the deployment of BYD Dolphin EVs to its service fleet. According to the green telco, the move underscores its dedication to sustainable practices, minimising its carbon footprint and promoting an eco-friendlier future.
Maxis receives six BYD Dolphin EVs for mobile and fibre operations
The first set of EVs to join the fleet consists of six BYD Dolphin extended-range models which will be utilised by Maxis’ mobile and fibre operations team in the Central and Northern regions. These fully-electric compact hatchbacks have a single motor delivering 201hp and 310Nm of torque, and a WLTP-rated range of 427km on a single charge.
Under the company’s fleet refresh strategy, Maxis aims to replace all two-wheel-drive vehicles in metro and urban sites with EVs in phases over the next five years. It currently has 40 2WD vehicles in service.
Before committing to using EVs in its field operations, the green telco had conducted a proof-of-concept trial by leasing two EVs for operations support last year. Maxis said the pilot programme enabled its Network and Sustainability teams to advance the company’s EV initiatives this year with today’s announcement.
Maxis has solar-powered EV charging stations in 7 locations
To charge its electrified fleet, Maxis has also deployed solar-powered EV charging infrastructure at its premises. This includes Maxis’ Subang Hi-Tech, Sungai Besi, Kepong, Rawang, Nilai, Seberang Perai and Johor Bahru Technical Operation Centres (TOCs).
Maxis Chief Network Officer Abdul Karim Fakir bin Ali said “Our commitment to innovation goes beyond telecommunications technology, driving us towards a more sustainable future. We believe this initiative not only reduces our operational costs and enhances efficiency but also reflects our dedication to fostering positive change within our industry. Adopting EVs also aligns with Maxis’ broader efforts to contribute to global initiatives that address climate change to create a more lasting positive impact on the planet.”
In case you missed it, you can check out our first drive of the BYD Dolphin Premium Extended range or watch our video below. This is currently one of the best value EVs in Malaysia right now and it is also the cheapest car with 201hp.