Malaysia is expected to become the marketing hub for electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030, which is the country’s main target under the National Electric Mobility Blueprint (EMB), reported Bernama.
Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water Secretary-General Dato’ Seri Ir Dr Zaini Ujang said the plan, which is part of the ministry’s initiatives, focuses on three main sectors – EV development for transport and private ownership, EV ecosystem and EV economy.
“EMB is part of the government’s efforts to introduce electric vehicles to replace diesel or petrol vehicles in order to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and subsequently reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“It is also aimed at making Malaysia the marketing hub for electric vehicles, with a target of 100,000 electric cars, 125,000 charging stations, 2,000 buses and 100,000 motorcycles on the road by 2030, and indirectly could reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the transportation sector,” he said.
Zaini also said there are 1,136 EVs made up of cars, buses, motorcycles and bicycles being used in Malaysia as of April, and detailed planning is needed to expand the EV usage in the country.
He added that although the low oil price makes it difficult to get the support of people to switch from motor vehicles to EVs due to their limited usage, conducive policies and technology development could help EV usage in the country.
Zaini had officiated the launch of ‘Sikal Elektrik Rakyat 1Malaysia’ (SER1M) at UTM, which also saw the contribution of 200 electric bicycles or Electric Pedal Assisted Bicycle (EPAB) to the university.
SER1M is a government initiative to promote green technology through green practices to youths, especially among university students.
The EPAB electric bicycles are expected to reduce carbon emissions by 12,500 tonnes annually for each participating university campus.
Besides UTM, other universities selected for the SER1M programme involving 1,200 electric bicycles are Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten), Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas).