Energy Efficient Vehicles, or EEV in short, is an integral part of the NAP 2014. In fact, the main objective of the new policy is to make Malaysia the regional automotive hub of EEV. We’ve been throwing the term about for quite a while now, but what exactly is EEV? The official classifications have just been detailed.

The Malaysian Automotive Institute (MAI) defines EEV as “vehicles that meet a defined specifications in terms of carbon emission level (g/km) and fuel consumption (l/100 km) – EEV includes fuel efficient vehicles, hybrids, EVs and alternatively-fuelled vehicles, e.g. CNG, LPG, Biodiesel, Ethanol, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell.”

As such, it covers the whole spectrum of car technologies, be it petrol-, diesel- or hybrid-powered vehicles. As long as a vehicle meets the defined specifications, it is classified as an EEV. Even alternate and future technologies (EVs, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell) are covered under the EEV umbrella.

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Those defined specifications are divided into 14 different classes (10 for cars and the remaining four for two-wheeled vehicles), with each one having to conform to a unique set of criteria (kerb weight and fuel efficiency for now, with carbon emissions only coming into effect once the decision on the introduction of Euro 4 fuels has been finalised). Refer to the images above for the specific class-by-class breakdown. Fuel efficiency will be measured according to the UN ECE R101 standard.

Once classified as an EEV, the model in question will be subject to receive a set of (yet-undefined) customised incentives, which can include tax breaks. No other detail has been released as of yet, so what you see here is what you get.

So, dear readers, what do you think of the EEV classifications? Discuss below.