The Malaysian government is expected to announce the revised National Automotive Policy in the second quarter of this year. The policy will include various measures to enhance competitiveness of the automotive industry through future technological trends, Bernama reports. The NAP revision was previously stated to be under review in June last year and was expected to be announced in Q1 this year.

According to deputy minister of international trade and industry Ong Kian Ming, these trends include Next Generation Vehicles (NxGV), mobility-as-a-service, Industry 4.0 and artificial intelligence. “The review will focus on new mobility pathways and trends in driving patterns, be adjusted according to the improvements in public transportation and explore vendor development within the ecosystem,” he said.

There are currently 30 million registered vehicles in Malaysia, with that figure expected to double by 2030, Ong said. Malaysia aims to reduce carbon emissions by improving the overall fuel consumption of vehicles in Malaysia to 5.3 l/100 km; in line with the Asean Fuel Economy Roadmap, he added.

The emissions reduction is in line with the development of the e-mobility ecosystem in Malaysia, in which international cooperation is crucial for the realising of its targets, and the deputy minister said that Germany has been identified as an ideal partner for the Malaysian e-mobility initiative. “German companies can contribute through technical and professional know-how to spearhead high standards of sustainable and urban concepts in Malaysia,” he said.

“Germany’s history of sustainable technological innovation is a great example for Malaysia to follow, particularly the mobilisation of business and talent development through the public-private partnerships between government, academia and industry players,” said Malaysia Automotive, Robotics & IoT Institute (MARii) CEO Datuk Madani Sahari.