TNB, MARii develop EV ecosystem

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by TMR FILE

TENAGA Nasional Bhd (TNB) has entered into a strategic partnership with the Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) to create a platform that addresses challenges related to the usage of electric vehicles (EVs) as a whole, in line with the country’s energy transition.

The collaboration between the utility giant and the main agency of the International Trade and Industry Ministry, based on the joint development of the EV ecosystem, enables the implementation of mobility as a service and related initiatives in the automotive market in Malaysia.

TNB president and CEO Datuk Baharin Din said in an effort to move towards low carbon mobility in line with the country’s energy transition, the group has taken clear steps to explore the field of electric mobility which focuses on green energy, including providing EV infrastructure.

“All these efforts will increase the impact of environmentally friendly development and global wellbeing with priority on the environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspect which is TNB’s agenda,” he said in a statement last Friday.

Both parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which, among others, enabled TNB and MARii to set up an EV Interoperability Centre in Cyberjaya which is included in the energy distribution and grid network, to establish guidelines for the expansion of EV use nationwide.

The MoU was signed by TNB’s chief global business solutions officer Ahmad Hushairi Ibrahim and MARii’s CEO Datuk Madani Sahari, witnessed by TNB board member Datuk Nawawi Ahmad.

According to Baharin, the collaboration was another proof of TNB’s commitment to the government’s initiative in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 45% by 2030, which is also part of TNB’s Sustainability Roadmap towards zero net carbon emissions by 2050.

“These efforts not only strengthen investors’ confidence on their commitment to ESG and initiatives to address climate change, but also provide potential strategic measures for business expansion beyond kilowatt per hour,” he noted.

Meanwhile, Madani said the future mobility sector would expand its coverage to new sectors that were previously unrelated to conventional vehicle manufacturing.

He added that the collaboration is a step forward towards the era of connected mobility starting with the development of the EV ecosystem.

The MoU also focuses on the implementation of the Langkawi EV hub pilot project which supports the government’s vision to transform Langkawi into Malaysia’s first low carbon island by 2030.

This includes the potential of introducing affordable EVs with the cooperation of banking institutions, suppliers, manufacturers and distributors of vehicles as well as operators of public cars, taxis and e-hailing.