More EV incentives to be included in revised Budget 2023, says Nik Nazmi – tabling to happen on Feb 24

More EV incentives to be included in revised Budget 2023, says Nik Nazmi – tabling to happen on Feb 24

During the tabling of Budget 2023 (Bajet 2023) last year, it was announced that fully-imported (CBU) electric vehicles (EVs) would be exempt from import and excise duties until December 31, 2024. This is an extension from the prior end date of December 31, 2023 that the previous government put in place when Budget 2022 (Bajet 2022) was revealed.

Other incentives currently in place involve locally-assembled (CKD) EVs, which are exempt from excise duty and sales tax until December 31, 2025, while the components used to build them are exempt from import duty – all EVs are also exempted from road tax until said date.

Outside of purchasing an EV, Budget 2023 also looked to entice manufacturers of EV charging equipment, where 100% income tax exemption from YA 2023 to 2032 was offered as well as 100% investment tax allowance (Elaun Cukai Pelaburan).

Meanwhile, car importers who are looking to bring in EVs will also be incentivised to do so because they will not need to pay the approved permit (AP) fee. Budget 2022 also included a personal income tax relief of up to RM2,500 for the cost of installing, renting, purchasing and leasing of equipment or usage subscription of EV charging facilities.

More EV incentives to be included in revised Budget 2023, says Nik Nazmi – tabling to happen on Feb 24

With a new government in place, Budget 2023 will be revised, but we’ll only find out what is in store when it is presented in the Dewan Rakyat on February 24, 2023. For those expecting more EV incentives to be included in the revised Budget 2023, natural resources, environment and climate change minister Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad has said in a report by Bernama that the government will be looking to do so.

“The government is looking forward to announcing more EV-related incentives in the revised Budget 2023,” Nik Nazmi said at yesterday’s memorandum of understanding signing ceremony between Cyberview and Roda Emas Industries on the development of a smart mobility ecosystem in Cyberjaya. He also commented previously that the government is working on making EVs more affordable under the RM100,000 mark.

According to the road transport department (JPJ), there are more than 10,000 EVs already registered in the country, and the government wants to increase their adoption further. International trade and industry minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz previously said efforts are being made to attract EV investments and to meet the national target of having EV and hybrid vehicles account for 15% of total industry volume (TIV) by 2030, and 38% by 2040.

There’s still some time to go before the revised Budget 2023 is presented by prime minister and finance minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. What additional EV incentives are you hoping will be provided by the government?

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Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • Ex Anwar Supporter on Jan 06, 2023 at 1:54 pm

    There are a lot of EVs priced below 100k or even 50k if we look at other countries, especially in China. If we bring these EVs here, a lot of people can afford them. Don’t forget, the government should have a very comprehensive plan to build more charging points all around Malaysia, tax reductions, and many more. And please reduce car prices for all categories.

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    • TnayR on Jan 07, 2023 at 10:24 am

      The gomen is going to reduce fuel subsidy from M40 & T20 who contribute most of the income tax, u still have hope from them to reduce car prices? Car makers are increasing prices instead without solid reasons, most likely our gomen has increased the taxes to them silently

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  • Bieight8 on Jan 06, 2023 at 2:21 pm

    Should ask Elon to set up a giga factory here

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  • paparadzi on Jan 06, 2023 at 3:00 pm

    Hoping for a few more years of tax exemption considering that we are just recovering from covid-19 lockdowns.

    Another area that needs immediate action is the road tax calculation, which needs to be finalized so as not to scare off potential buyers in the long term.

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    • ThePolygon on Jan 06, 2023 at 9:17 pm

      The roadtax structure of EV really puts it off the charts.

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  • Michael on Jan 06, 2023 at 11:28 pm

    As Ev is get 100% duty exemption, hope that our FM will consider phev to have 50% duty exemption as phev is like “half” ev…

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  • DonkeyKong on Jan 07, 2023 at 1:04 am

    Oh goody, more EVs. Time to pack more people into the Shabara mines.

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    • EVs are the future. You dun like, you can just simply leave Malaysia…. oh wai!
      You already in sinkieland which is pushing even harder for EVs…

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  • Hybrid Theory on Jan 07, 2023 at 2:19 am

    Extend the incentives to HEV as well

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  • Hybrid Owner on Jan 08, 2023 at 3:25 pm

    EV not sustainable. No future for EV. Wrong direction by government. Should focus to hybrid and hydrogen RND. Hybrid much cheaper to maintain by rakyat. If give free tax incentives, will be affordable by majority and hybrid tech like battery n inverter will cheaper too.

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  • 1. Reduce EV charging cost. EV charging cost is lower in Thailand versus Msia even though their fossil fuel is double our price.
    2. No road tax forever. Official road tax for EV is prohibitively scary.
    3. 5% subsidy on EV price (like in Thailand)

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