Installation of 10,000 EV charging points nationwide on track, 700 ready: MiTI

Installation of 10,000 EV charging points nationwide on track, 700 ready: MiTI

Effort mainly championed by GLCs, says industrial development director

KUALA LUMPUR – The government’s target to install up to 10,000 public charging stations for electric vehicles in Malaysia by 2025 under the Low Carbon Mobility Blueprint 2021-2030 is on track, with around 700 charging stations nationwide having been set up so far.

International Trade and Industry Ministry Industrial Development Director Muhammad Zulhilmi Ahmad said the installations were successfully done through collaboration with the private sector.

“Certain companies, mainly the government-linked companies, are willing to champion (this green effort).

“We hope the target can be achieved to support the development of the local EV industry,” he said at the Series 2 event by Invest Malaysia titled “The Road to EV” here today.

The government has provided companies interested in building EV infrastructure with tax incentives such as pioneer status, as well as financial assistance.

Utility giant Tenaga Nasional Bhd expects the EV market to grow to 18,000 charging points for 524,409 battery electric vehicles on the road by 2030, with an annual electricity revenue of RM1.25 billion.

This equates to a potential 4.4 million tonnes of CO2 emission reduction, taking an equivalent number of internal combustion engines off the road.

Meanwhile, Bursa Malaysia chairman Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar in his welcoming remarks said the EV industry is an exciting growth area for Malaysia, offering great potential to create economic, social, and environmental gains.

He noted that Bursa Malaysia’s Voluntary Carbon Market, to be launched by year-end by way of auction, would play a key role in supporting the industries that could generate economic progress and environmental change.

“I strongly urge corporations to be among the auction’s early participants, to demonstrate their leadership in climate action,” he said.

Wahid said the VCM facilitates price discovery for new products by serving as a reference price for carbon credit trading and generating tangible price signals for potential issuers to embark on domestic carbon credit projects.

“A healthy ecosystem is crucial as the government and other project developers, financial institutions have a large role here – investments in the right projects are key to driving a sustainable supply of carbon credits and making it widely accessible,” he added.

– Bernama, November 9, 2022

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