SmartDrive to introduce EV platform in Malaysia

by ANIS HAZIM / pic credit: Smartdrive

TOKYO-based firm, Smartdrive Inc has initiated a strategic plan to create an electrical vehicles (EV) mobility data platform in Malaysia that will be helmed by its local subsidiary, SmartDrive Malaysia.

The platform will gather and utilise information and data to facilitate the development of Malaysia’s EV ecosystem.

“In particular, the platform will help drive the country’s shift towards the increased use of EV while augmenting the expansion of the local EV industry,” SmartDrive said in a statement yesterday.

SmartDrive has also been participating in several experiments in Japan to optimise EV charging spots and create new businesses using its data technology and EV-related data.

The move was initiated by SmartDrive after being awarded a grant by the Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro) to spur digitalisation transformation within the ASEAN region.

“The grant is dedicated specifically towards the development and demonstration of EV Mobility Data Platform in Malaysia together with local stakeholders,” it stated.

Jetro Kuala Lumpur MD Mai Onozawa said the grant is the right step for SmartDrive to launch the platform.

“Realising Malaysia’s tremendous progress in mapping out its electric mobility agenda, we are confident that this grant is a step in the right direction which will enable SmartDrive’s EV mobility data platform to catalyse this progress,” she said.

She said Jetro is also committed to promote mutual cooperation by accelerating open innovation and creating new business opportunities for Japanese firms with overseas start-ups.

SmartDrive will partner with two Malaysian entities namely Management and Science University (MSU) which will support several resources, including research and development (R&D) and future business potential.

It will also partner with Garisan Industries Sdn Bhd that will apply its keen knowledge and technical know-how in automotive software engineering.

SmartDrive Malaysia director Khairul Khalil Ishak said that the grant from JETRO will be utilised to build the EV platform.

“We aim to leverage SmartDrive’s unique expertise to build this EV mobility data platform in Malaysia, which will seek to gather meaningful information and data, particularly on the use of EVs and the development of charging stations.

“Potential users, both at the private and government level can then plug in and effectively use the extrapolated data from the platform to enhance their services or open up new avenues for business opportunities,” he said in a statement.

He foresees that the platform will greatly benefit the country in its push towards the promotion of low-carbon mobility and the increased use of EVs.

Besides, he affirmed SmartDrive’s commitment to establish a strong proof of concept with this pilot project in Malaysia within a year before initiating similar platforms in other ASEAN countries.

Meanwhile, Smart Selangor Delivery Unit (SSDU) MD Dr Fahmi Ngah has welcomed the platform as it aligns with the Smart Selangor Action Plan 2025.

“We see a huge potential to benefit from SmartDrive’s proposed EV mobility data platform as an invaluable resource to encourage the use of EVs within the state by encouraging the build of the necessary infrastructures such as appropriately located charging stations and user-friendly apps,” said Fahmi.