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  • By m4ry4nn

Earlier today, Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) presented an overview of the progress its many initiatives to catalyse green growth have made over the past three years. Among these is the National Electric Mobility Blueprint, aimed at positioning Malaysia as the EV marketplace in the region.

Though many of the figures envisioned by the plan – which was unveiled in 2015 – look like they won’t reach the expected numbers slated for 2020, the project has slowly been gaining traction over the past two years.

In that timeframe, the corporation has embarked on several engagements with stakeholders and the public to create greater awareness on the feasibility of electric vehicles (EVs) for public and private ownership, with two initiatives spearheading the cause.

The first has been the introduction of its very own charging station network, ChargEV, in 2015. The network, which is meant to provide EV users greater charging convenience, utilises technology developed in partnership with The New Motion, a global leading manufacturer for EV charging systems.

To date, GreenTech Malaysia has installed more than 150 ChargEV stations across the nation with the support from a number of eco-minded premise owners and property developers, and aims to bring that number to around 300 this year.

The corporation is also working in partnership with BMW Group Malaysia and Petronas Dagangan. In the case of the former, as part of the BMW 360 Electric programme, customers with a BMW i or BMW eDrive vehicle are offered the BMW ChargeNow service, with a ChargeNow card allowing customers to enjoy 24/7 support and access to ChargEV’s charger network.

The collaboration with Petronas, meanwhile, will see the deployment of 66 ChargEV charging points at Petronas service stations across the Peninsular. The charger utilised for the application is a three-phase 32A, 400 volt 22 kW unit. GreenTech Malaysia also offers two other ChargEV solutions, a single-phase 16A 3.7 kW AC charger and a single-phase 32A 7.0 kW AC unit.

The other key initiative is of course the Tesla Programme, which was announced in 2015 and effectively began late last year. In early 2016, the Government approved for 100 Teslas to be imported here on a duty-free basis, to be leased to corporate leaders and key influencers to advocate the benefits of EVs.

The programme offers the facelifted Tesla Model S in rear-wheel drive S 70 and all-wheel drive S 90D as well as S P90D forms, though the discontinuation of the S 70 from the Tesla line-up means that it’ll be replaced here by the S 75 in the future, and the P100D should also come in at some point. The base-level S 60 is also being weighed in as a potential offering.

The cars are available via two leasing options, ranging from two to four years. It was announced at the briefing today that to date, the organisation has delivered 17 Teslas, adding to the 114 EVs of other makes currently on Malaysia roads.

Despite the slow progress, GreenTech Malaysia group CEO Ahmad Hadri Haris said the corporation is confident of further expanding the EV network in the coming future.

“After years of advocating, I am pleased to share that we are beginning to see a gradual shift to EVs as these have proven to be a practical solution to pollution while also helping drivers to save cost on fuel and maintenance and providing a green lifestyle option in transportation,” he said.

“During our engagement with industry players and the public, we can definitely see the excitement for EVs in the market. The challenge of course has been the price factor and also to shift Malaysians away from the norm and embrace new technology. Nonetheless, we will continue our role to demonstrate the feasibility of EVs in gaining market acceptance. This is critical in order for us to convince EV manufacturers that Malaysia has the potential to be the regional hub and to encourage them to invest in the country,” he added.

Source : Paultan