It’s well known that the sale of electric vehicles in Malaysia is still a fledgling business, with one of the main reasons holding back its progress being the relatively slow implementation of charging infrastructure across the country. As a result, range anxiety tends to discourage the public from buying and using electric cars.
The Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (Green Tech Malaysia) has taken a big step to change that at the 2015 International GreenTech & Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM) today, by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The New Motion to fast-track the rollout of EV charging stations in Malaysia, via the ChargEV network.
Hailing from the Netherlands, The New Motion provides charging solutions to a number of European countries. “We already have over 18,000 charging stations across the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Norway,” said founder Ritsaart van Montfrans. “We are proud to partner with GreenTech Malaysia to bring our technical expertise to cater to the growing base of EV users in Malaysia.”
Aside from supporting the development of the ChargEV network of charging stations, the partnership will also see the use of The New Motion’s technical expertise in spurring the development of the local manufacturing of charging hardware, related subindustries and components. Indeed, GreenTech Malaysia plans to make the nation a regional manufacturing hub, a fairly ambitious goal for sure.
“We are excited by the potential that Malaysia and the ASEAN region have to offer in terms of electric mobility,” added van Montfrans. “There has been keen interest shown by various parties, and by partnering with GreenTech Malaysia, we will be exploring every avenue within the country as well as our neighbours to truly kick-start the EV revolution in ASEAN.”
GreenTech Malaysia has big plans for ChargEV – it targets to roll out around 300 EV charging stations across Malaysia in 2016, as part of a greater plan deploy as many as 25,000 by the year 2020. It also hopes to put 100,000 EVs, 2,000 electric buses and 100,000 electric scooters/motorcycles on Malaysian roads by 2020.
The New Motion is not the first company to have signed an MoU with GreenTech to expand the EV charging infrastructure in Malaysia; the non-profit organisation – working under the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) – agreed to form a similar partnership last year with First Energy Networks (FEN), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tan Chong Motor Holdings.