Govt committed to Malaysia’s EV development, says minister

It will provide the necessary support and facilitation to local and international industry players towards the adoption of advanced technologies

by FAYYADH JAAFAR / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

THE government will continue to support the development of electric vehicles (EVs) and their ecosystem in the country.

Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (picture), said that the government has committed to driving sustainability and inclusivity as outlined in the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP), with a commitment to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 at the earliest.

“We are committed to reducing CO2 emissions and, in line with this, the National Automotive Policy 2020 (NAP 2020) has emphasised the need for adoption of energy-efficient vehicles (EEVs), including EVs, in line with Malaysia’s commitment to reduce CO2 emissions under the United Nations Convention on Climate Change,” he said at the launch of Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric yesterday.

“One pivotal project under the 12MP is the Centre of Excellence for Future Industry, which operates as a high-end shared facility for the advancement of future technologies and innovations in Malaysia. This will be the key catalyst to the development of the next generation of vehicles, which will include EVs with intelligent mobility functions and will advance our local industry capabilities. Not only in hardware, but also in software solutions,” he said.

Mohamed Azmin stressed that the government remains committed to providing the necessary support and facilitation to local and international industry players towards the adoption of advanced technologies in tandem with our efforts to foster local development of critical components, including electric charging ports.

“In implementing efforts to ensure that Malaysia remains on track towards sustainability and becomes a regional leader in the next generation of mobility sectors, several policies and initiatives have been pioneered to further boost investment and the ecosystem. Among them are incentives for the local assembly or manufacture of EEVs and EVs, as well as for component makers or OEMs, in addition to encouraging market demand.

“In order to achieve Malaysia’s net-zero GHG emissions target, it is imperative that we shift from internal combustion engine vehicles to EVs, which obtain power from clean energy sources.

He was present with the Ambassador of Sweden Dr Joachim Bergström and Volvo Car Malaysia MD Charles Frump to launch the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric, the first fully electric vehicle to be locally assembled in Malaysia.

The XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is the first of the new Volvo range of electrified cars to be launched in the Malaysian market.

According to Frump, Volvo Car Malaysia is ready to implement Volvo’s global plan for a fully electric line-up by 2030, starting with the launch of the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric.

“The XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is just one of our many steps to encourage consumers to adopt electric vehicles for a more sustainable future. By mid-decade, we’re aiming to reduce our overall CO2 lifecycle emissions per car by 40%. This means more than simply reducing tailpipe emissions — electrification is not enough. We must reduce CO2 emissions across our operations and supply chain.”

Frump said the carmaker is committed to reducing CO2 emissions and glad that the Malaysian government is in line with their goals to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% by 2030.

“We believe that the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is a great step forward for us in achieving these targets,” he said.

The firm will also export fully electric vehicles to markets within the Asean region soon. With its capability to assemble pure electric vehicles through its own local assembly plant, Volvo Car Malaysia will now launch a new electric vehicle in Malaysia every year for the next five years.

The Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric will be available for viewing at all authorised Volvo dealers in Malaysia from April 4, 2022.

Deliveries of the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric will start from the end of April onwards, for all locations throughout Malaysia.