Malaysia to begin using EVs for its government fleet, procurement to begin from 2023 – Tuan Ibrahim

Malaysia to begin using EVs for its government fleet, procurement to begin from 2023 – Tuan Ibrahim

The government says it will begin making the switch to electric vehicles (EVs) for its vehicle fleet beginning from 2023. This was revealed by environment and water (KASA) minister Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

“Starting next year, all vehicle procurement by the government will consist of electric cars,” he said at a press conference following an event yesterday.

He also revealed plans to make certain locations such as Langkawi and Putrajaya as starting points to drive electrification forward. “For example, in Langkawi, we could give 100 electric motorcycles to residents in exchange for their old bikes or upgrade their vehicles. Our intention is to use such resort islands as a pilot project,” he said.

Malaysia to begin using EVs for its government fleet, procurement to begin from 2023 – Tuan Ibrahim

He added that the choice of utilising islands such as Langkawi to help develop a model was because implementation would be easier in terms of infrastructure and support. As for Putrajaya, he said that the government was looking at making it a carbon-free city, and so it would increase the usage of EVs there.

He added that details regarding specifics have not yet been decided. “The details have not been decided yet because there are not many EVs (in our market), so the cost is quite high, but if more are used, the cost will be cheaper,” he said.

Tuan Ibrahim said that a current issue is the number of charging stations available in the country, which are still limited. He said that the government is currently in negotiations with several parties to develop the charging infrastructure.

Malaysia to begin using EVs for its government fleet, procurement to begin from 2023 – Tuan Ibrahim
Malaysia to begin using EVs for its government fleet, procurement to begin from 2023 – Tuan Ibrahim

The minister’s statement on EV adoption by the government follows that as outlined in the Low Carbon Mobility Blueprint (LCMB), a study that was published by the Malaysian Green Technology And Climate Change Centre (MGTC, formerly known as GreenTech) last year.

In it, the study – which details recommendations by KASA – listed out the adoption of BEVs for use in government and GLC fleets as a means to encourage wider adoption, with the government leading by example. The initial stage will be to establish EV procurement for the government fleet by open tender, listing up to 2030 for the process.

The plan calls for 10% of new additions to the fleet being of battery electric vehicles (BEV) in the first year (which was supposed to have been this year), with the percentage increasing to 20% over the following two years. The process will also be adopted for GLC fleets, with tax incentives being provided until 2030, with 20% of new vehicles for the GLC fleets to be made up of EVs in the next three plus years.

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Comments

  • Bieight8 on Aug 10, 2022 at 1:57 pm

    So rich…

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    • Kea Was on Aug 10, 2022 at 2:41 pm

      Not only that Mercedes Benz must be lobbying for contracts too especially we have such fondness of the west especially when it comes to contract + Contract in a contract.

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    • Kancil Hybrid on Aug 10, 2022 at 2:50 pm

      Ni semua projek MB – mengabehkan boreh.

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    • Shamkor,Ajibkor,Hamidikor(SAH) on Aug 10, 2022 at 7:53 pm

      The moral of the story..Mega projects are drying up.
      Before GE 15 or regime change,lets create a money pit mega project.
      Whether people worry about lithium battery fires or not..who cares.
      So,thats why all the 4- 5 star hotels are fully booked..for crony celebrations.U want a hotel..go Agoda..only 3 star and below left.

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    • Vader on Aug 11, 2022 at 8:29 am

      Not to say rich but it is a necessity and perhaps a good one for us. As we know all things only jalan with ministers instructions. So if they do faced difficulty with finding charging network as EV users in Malaysia can testify, it would spur them to legislate the buildup of more chargers at a faster rate thus it will help us a whole lot whence it is our plebs turn in switching over to EV use.

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  • How about giving Wuling Air and Volt City to the director generals and ministers?

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    • Kancil Hybrid on Aug 10, 2022 at 8:47 pm

      Kalau betul sangat nak, beli Ora Kucing Baik je, jimat sikit. Tak payah mengada nak beli MB EQ pulak.

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      • Anyone wanna be Minister? on Aug 11, 2022 at 10:15 pm

        Of course le EQS or iX. Mayb even Tesla. Lol…

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  • DPM Assmin on Aug 10, 2022 at 2:11 pm

    Before procurement begins,who is getting the billion dollar mega contract ? In terms of vehicles and charging infra,
    Spanco or who ?
    Even without taxes,most bigger EVs would be priced above quarter of a million RM each.
    Perodua has a pilot EV project.Why not reward P2 for their hard work instead of awarding to” unknown” s.

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  • It woulnt bring down the ev price.

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  • Sorii on Aug 10, 2022 at 2:13 pm

    should use Bus and Van – Car Sharing,
    then better environmental friendly.

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  • Mr. Sotong on Aug 10, 2022 at 2:25 pm

    They found a loophole to not buy Proton!

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  • Here we go again. Tons of money that’ll magically disappear into thin air and get redistributed to the wealthy.

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  • ThePolygon on Aug 10, 2022 at 2:36 pm

    There goes tax payers money again.

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  • I dare to save the main purpose switching to EV not because of environmental conservation. They are due to 1) a new way to request budget and go into own pockets 2) to show off to their boss (which are the pity voters) 3) Just an excuse to change to new tech cars

    They are so rich but always thinkvof how to exploit T20 groups which are struggling their daily life. T20 has high comitment, once they lost their jobs, they will be suffered. This minister can just break their legs and enjoy life with no worry at all!

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  • paanjang16 on Aug 10, 2022 at 2:57 pm

    Since our ministers need to go everywhere all day I foresee they need a backup ICE Vellfire in case the EV run out of juice. Some places where they need to visit might not even have basic infra like reliable water, power and internet what more a fast charger for their EV. For those who have EV right now better watch out as our VIP might want to use the fast charger ASAP and those fast charger might be ‘chop’ in advanced.

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  • Mann Bell on Aug 10, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    EQS incoming!!!!!!

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  • I don’t think the government is ready on full scale EV. Please look at the holistic view on EV especially safety. As the EV usage grow, the insiden of EV on fire is drastically inceease. Is our Bomba ready to handle Lithium battery explosion/fire? Have you see on EV bus burn in Paris recently? Are we ready?

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  • How about bicycles?

    Or if cars necessary, won’t a Myvi suffice?

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  • dellen on Aug 10, 2022 at 3:21 pm

    please no. this could be the worse thing that could happen to EV ownership in malaysia.

    we already have not enough DC fast chargers on the highway. sometimes there are queues.

    imagine everyone queueing patiently, then a menteri EQS and all the outrider convoys all comes and forces an EV charging out of its bay so it can charge.

    besides, seems rather nonsensical to get 1 car in the menteri convoy to be zero emissions, when theres so much more unnecessary emissions by other cars in the convoy that were not even necessary to begin with

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    • tivolli on Aug 10, 2022 at 4:39 pm

      1. correct – they will hogging all the slow charging station, Teh Tarik session.

      2. but EQS – 2nd row not comfortable,
      the Menteri will not choose it.

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  • anonymous on Aug 10, 2022 at 3:30 pm

    hold on didn’t they JUST upgrade to Toyota Alphard/Velfire quite recently? he really needs to focus on actual pressing environmental issues first like the despicable water quality in Kelantan, or the out of control illegal (and legal) logging activities. because upgrading cars is not a pressing matter at all, especially given they JUST got a new fleet within these past couple of years.

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    • Alphard/Velfire was a PH decision and I don’t think the current government want to associate themselves with that stench of their selfserving expenditures. Going for EV it will spur the local players to build their EVs here as MBM are doing. Another upshot is whereever the ministers go there will sprout a charging station, even in the ulu kampungs.

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  • newme on Aug 10, 2022 at 3:35 pm

    Lagi lagi kereta baru. In the meanwhile, rakyat should kurang sikit makan ayam.

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  • Sick&Tired on Aug 10, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    They will give it to a middle men and the middle men will buy it from the manufacturer and make tons of profit without doing anything!! Sometimes I wish I also can make money without doing anything, but unfortunately I have to work hard :(

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  • ahmad on Aug 10, 2022 at 3:58 pm

    bila DAP berkokok

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  • Alihms on Aug 10, 2022 at 4:06 pm

    Why is everybody so negative? The initiative is probably fought with problems, corruptions and what nots. But we have to start somewhere. This is a lot better than not doing anything..

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    • newme on Aug 10, 2022 at 5:09 pm

      Yes. Tomorrow ask we should tell our boss to give new car. With that it will bring big business to the company.

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  • aiyaaa.. just subscribe the ativa hybrid package la… RM500/bulan chip chip.. after 5 years kasi balik P2

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  • newme on Aug 10, 2022 at 4:50 pm

    Leading by example konon. Tak nak lead example ke naik public transport pergi kerja?

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    • Lancermania on Aug 10, 2022 at 5:49 pm

      the taman they live where got public transport….
      all gt driver la

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  • Looks like yet another convenient excuse for MPs to avoid buying Protons (also, why not Perodua too ?).

    Actually, before 2016 or so, every government fleet vehicle had to be a national badged or CKD model. If state governments (mainly, opposition states) did not follow this rule, they had to justify their purchase… usually a political shxtshow ensued. Just recall all those times whenever state governments bought CBU Toyota Camrys and Mercedes-Benzes. Their standard excuse was that the Perdana V6 was ‘too expensive to maintain’ (usually, because of third-party service markup/incompetence by Spanco), or that the Perdana VTEC stopped production (so ? X70 is better and cheaper than the Perdana).

    Somewhere along the line (after 2018), government fleet purchase of CBUs and non-national cars became ‘normalized’. Even though the CBU/CKD Proton X70 (for all purpose use), and CKD Honda Accord (de facto successor to Perdana 2.4) are perfectly fine for both federal and state government fleets, some still insist on CBU Toyotas and Continental luxury models.

    If the government doesn’t want to support Proton anymore, or if it’s really necessary to buy something better than a X70 or Accord… then at least buy something from a car company that has invested billions in local CKD assembly ? Why waste millions of taxpayer ringgit on CBU models which don’t contribute to the development of our auto industry ?

    So yes, if this EV fleet plan is serious, and doesn’t get u-turned and sidetracked like basically every other government ‘plan’ these days… I personally hope the government will stock their future EV fleet with CKD models only. At least they could indirectly jumpstart the local CKD EV industry, build up the local supply chain, and build trust (in terms of quality, especially) for local EV vendors. Or is this too much to ask or expect from them ? Sigh.

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  • Term as G ended next year still want to buy fancy toys? Rakyat are suffering…

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  • ROTI CANAI on Aug 10, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    take bus la

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  • $$$$ kaching kaching time…more bling bling for the wife

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  • Pidoe on Aug 11, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    Hmmm…. Peluang untuk dpt komision ni.

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  • What great ministers we have. In shit times like this where there is high inflation and bad economy they can still think of buying new cars with public money. If u fools really want to lead by example pls set a good example. Don’t need buy new cars to show ! For what! Gaji buta! Otak udang!

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  • Michael on Aug 21, 2022 at 3:33 pm

    Once EV being implemented, gradually the use of fuel oil (Petro/diesel) will decline. There are good & bad, the good is government will gradually removed subsidy for fuel which runs on billion, bad things is Malaysia is oil produce country, it might impact in ling run…

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