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In a report by The Sun, Malaysia looks set to achieve the target of 100,000 electric vehicles (EVs) on its roads by 2020, up from between 110 and 120 EVs currently. This is due to efforts in implementing sufficient infrastructure, increasing public awareness, as well as conducive policies.

GreenTech Malaysia CEO Ahmad Hadri Haris said the company has no plans to revise the target set by the government, adding that the implementation of favourable policies has attracted more players to invest in EVs to make them more affordable.

Recently, the company announced that it will install 300 ChargEV stations by this year, including at Petronas stations, with 1,000 stations up by end-2017. It targets to have 25,000 charging stations nationwide by 2020 to further support the push for EVs.

Not only that, GreenTech Malaysia will bring in 100 units of the Tesla Model S by the end of next year, all of which are duty-exempted. The Teslas will only be offered on a two-year leasing period to government-linked companies (GLC) to promote the use of EVs in the country.

The Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MICCI) also backed the EV movement, where it hoped the government would reduce relevant taxes in Budget 2017 to encourage the usage of hybrid/electric cars in the country. Unfortunately, the recent Budget 2017 announcement did not include any incentives for electric vehicles.