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The government is aiming to have 100,000 electric vehicles on the roads nationwide by year 2020, according to international trade and industry minister Datuk Seri Mustapha Mohamed. While there are only 891 EVs currently registered in the country, he said the government will continue the push the use of such energy efficient vehicles, The Sun reports.

“One of the main reasons why we encourage it is because it would reduce carbon emission in the country, subsequently providing a better environment for all. Secondly, using e-vehicles would reduce maintenance cost, with savings of about RM5,000 each year compared to the conventional vehicles,” Mustapha said.

He was speaking at the launch of the new range of Treeletrik electric motorcycles yesterday. Mustapha said that the introduction of these bikes will swell the numbers of e-bikes on the road to around 5,000 by the end of the year, compared to the 100 presently registered.

He urged more local companies to embrace and produce electronic vehicles in line with the government’s aim to encourage the use of green technology to reduce carbon emissions.