EV charging stations are still low, less than 1,000 – MOSTI

EV charging stations are still low, less than 1,000 – MOSTI

KUALA LUMPUR: Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are still low, with less than 1,000 stations recorded nationwide, said Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Ahmad Amzad Hashim.

He said the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) initially targeted 5,000 charging stations across the country this year with a concentration in major cities, but so far the number of stations is still low.

“Besides focusing on the main cities, we also get requests from other states to enable these vehicles to travel from state to state and require charging station facilities along the way.

“So, efforts are being implemented by the government by calling all stakeholders to enable us to see how to increase the number of charging stations,” he told the media after inaugurating six DHL Express Malaysia electric vans today.

According to him, MOSTI places emphasis on the technology in order to speed up efforts to increase the use of EVs and thus address the problem of increasing carbon emissions in the country.

He said at the same time, various researches are being carried out to enable the country to be involved in the industry related to EV components, among others related to battery energy storage facilities.

Meanwhile, DHL Express today introduced six electric vans that will make deliveries around Kuala Lumpur and Selangor starting early this October, thus making it the first logistics provider in the country to switch to commercial EVs.

The company also plans to add 55 more electric vans next year to make the total number of vans nationwide 61 by 2023.

source – BERNAMA

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