Half of cars sold in Malaysia classified as energy-efficient

By AFIQ AZIZ / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

Half of all cars sold in Malaysia in 2017 are expected to be in the energy-efficient category, according to the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).

MITI Deputy Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan said 42% of cars sold in Malaysia last year were in the energy efficient vehicle (EEV) class and the percentage is expected to increase to 50% this year.

EEVs are efficient vehicles and cover all fuel types like electricity and liquefied petroleum gas, but they also include petrol and diesel cars.

Ahmad said the increase in EEVs is in line with Malaysia’s National Automotive Policy on green initiatives, establishing Malaysia as a regional EEV hub by 2020.

“Our EEV policy is tailored towards meet ing future demands in vehicle technology which include the need to produce skilled human resources, investments in technology and sustainable mobility,” he said yesterday.

Ahmad said 90% of vehicles launched since 2015 are classified as EEVs. The Perodua Axia, which is the cheapest local model in the A-segment, is an EEV because its petrol engine is rated at five-litre per 100km.

Malaysia is also committed to explore wider use of EEVs for public transportation, Ahmad said.

Earlier, Ahmad witnessed the signing ceremony of the grant agreement by MITI and Singapore Cooperation Enterprise on the urban transportation and e-mobility programme in Malaysia.

Malaysia Automotive Institute CEO Datuk Madani Sahari said the agency expects the country’s first electric bus to begin production in 2019.

“We are in the homologation process which will be completed in 2018. The first production is expected to begin in 2019,” he said.

Madani said there is already interest in the electric bus project.

“Once the production starts, we will receive purchase orders from the clients and can estimate the figures,” he said.