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Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) is targeting to deploy 25,000 electric vehicle charging stations across the country by 2020 as part of its Electric Mobility Blueprint, which aims to fast-track the country’s transformation into a major electric mobility marketplace.

The plan by the organisation, which operates under the purview of the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA), is certainly ambitious – the blueprint, which is looking to encourage more Malaysians to switch to EVs and facilitate the country’s transition towards sustainable mobility, is targeting to put 100,000 EVs, 2,000 electric buses and 100,000 electric scooters/motorcycles on Malaysian roads by 2020.

To kick-start the initiative, it has launched its ChargEV network, which is aimed at giving a uniform, corporate identity for EV charging stations in the country. The official launch was held in conjunction with a five-day EV roadshow at MidValley to raise public awareness on the subject.

As of March this year, there are 90 registered EVs in Malaysia, with 41 charging stations, and GreenTech says it’s looking to significantly improve on the count of public-access facilities to support the growth of the former.

GreenTech is targeting to roll out 300 EV charging stations across Malaysia in 2016 across locations in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Putrajaya, Penang, Langkawi, Johor and Melaka, targeting high traffic areas such as shopping malls, hotels, office buildings and residential areas as well as along the PLUS highway, its CEO Ahmad Hadri Haris said. The first ChargEV stations are already operational at Mandarin Oriental hotel and The Curve.

While going the EV route promises savings in both fuel and maintenance costs, the larger benefit is that of reducing carbon emissions, Hadri said. “Air pollution is a rising concern with road transport reportedly the second largest contributor to carbon emissions in our country, adding 61.6 MtCO2eq in 2013 alone.”

“Our over-reliance on conventional internal combustion engine vehicles will continue to aggravate this problem and there must be a paradigm shift from our current transport model. In this regard, ChargEV will play a pivotal role in encouraging the adoption of EVs and consequently reducing Malaysia’s carbon footprint,” he said.

It is expected that the wide adoption of EVs, which emit zero tailpipe emissions will contribute to reducing Malaysia’s carbon emissions by 6.4 million tonnes of carbon emission equivalent (MtCO2eq) by 2030. The organisation says the 90 cars running about right now have effectively avoided up to 288 tonnes of carbon emission equivalent per year.

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During the first phase of development, the organisation is offering the ChargEV package to interested premise owners free-of-charge – the cost of the package and installation, which ranges between RM10,000 to RM25,000, will be borne by GreenTech Malaysia.

The ChargEV package includes electrical works inclusive of up to 20 metrers of cabling to the nearest electrical box, as well as technical advice and maintenance support for the charging stations.

Three types of ChargEV solutions are available, these being a single-phase 16A 3.7 kW AC charger, a single-phase 32A 7.0 kW unit and a three-phase 32A 22 kW fast charger – the type of ChargEV unit chosen for a location will be dependent on power supply facilities and other relevant considerations.

Aside from a provision of rent-free space, premise owners will of course have to absorb all electricity costs related to the installed system, but GreenTech says the operating costs are nominal, ranging from around RM4.80 to RM28.40 a day, dependent on type.