Gov’t to improve approval process for EV charging infra, still targeting 10,000 charging stations by 2025

Gov’t to improve approval process for EV charging infra, still targeting 10,000 charging stations by 2025

The government will improve the approval process for the construction of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure through the guidelines on electric vehicle fast charging lots (GPP EVCB). According to prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the matter was agreed upon during a 42nd National Physical Planning Council (MPFN) meeting.

He said this is in line with plans to transform the national automative industry transformation plan, transitioning it to become more environmentally friendly and sustainable, as The Star reports. “The availability of charging infrastructure is very important in the transformation of the automotive sector,” he said.

He also reiterated the country’s aim to have 10,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in place by 2025, as initially outlined in 2021 under the Low Carbon Mobility Blueprint (LCMB) 2021-2030. These will be made up of 9,000 units of alternating current (AC) chargers and 1,000 units of direct current (DC) fast chargers.

“The EV usage target requires strong support in terms of complete infrastructure and in lieu of that, the government gives its commitment to the construction of 10,000 EV charging stations by 2025,” he said in a statement, adding there were only 1,246 EV charging stations operational now.

Gov’t to improve approval process for EV charging infra, still targeting 10,000 charging stations by 2025

In July, investment, trade and industry ministry (MITI) minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz said that the government was looking to enable charge point operators (CPOs) to secure approvals for installation in far quicker fashion.

At present, the time needed to deploy a charging point is around eight to nine months from start to finish, the lengthy duration due to red tape and bureaucracy (approval from local councils, land owners etc), but the aim is to reduce time needed for the whole process to around three months.

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  • Kanasai on Sep 20, 2023 at 12:02 pm

    Who will this benefits? The rich and Sinkies.
    Then who does our gomen work for? The rich and Sinkies.

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    • The Rich on Sep 21, 2023 at 2:01 pm

      We’re paying for every gomen servants’ underwear

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    • cave man mentality on Sep 23, 2023 at 5:27 pm

      1. prices of EVs are coming down, cheapest car starts from 9xk. soon M40 can also afford EV

      2. doubtful that charger infra in selangor/kl will benefit singkies except those driving up to Thailand, which is a miniscule minority

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  • Mike Tee on Sep 20, 2023 at 12:08 pm

    Since we have the benefit of being a late starter, it may be prudent to adopt the recent UK EV charging regulations

    – Uptime guarantee (99%) with fines otherwise
    – Contactless payment, no apps needed
    – Real time status

    Otherwise Tesla will run away with the market because their SC network is so much better

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  • paanjang16 on Sep 20, 2023 at 12:40 pm

    Local authority like town council can easily approve the development of fast chargers. But the biggest roadblock to me is TNB. Those high kW DC fast chargers need 11kV intake which on TNB side can take up to 6 months. TNB need to pull a 11kV from the nearest sub-station and even if there is sufficient juice available at the sub-station to begin with. Plus have to dig up the road/use HDD to lay the cable from the sub-station to the DC fast charger. Then got lead time for the transformers and equipment on TNB side.

    I’m surprise TNB didn’t try to set up their own DC fast chargers at their own 33/11kV or 132/33kV sub-station since those stations have plenty of land with setback.

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  • B40 got targeted subsidy.
    T20 got improve approval process for their EV.

    M40 driving cars that are more expensive while pumping unsubsidized petrol.

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    • Mike Tee on Sep 21, 2023 at 10:09 am

      Chicken and egg. No charging infra, less mass market adoption of EV. No mass market adoption of EV, no charging infra. If anything we should be glad that early adopters are paying higher public charging and massive depreciation of ‘early’ EV cars.

      We cannot think in terms of EV tech in today’s state of technology, where only the rich(er) can afford them and use them as a city car or second/third/fourth vehicle.

      EV battery, motor efficiency will rise and price will fall to such a level that it does not make financial sense to buy ICE over EV because ICE cannot compete anymore. Where the decision to buy is not ICE vs EV but which EV. Where petrol is not heavily subsidised (SG, HK, China, etc) it absolutely makes sense today to buy EV. RON95 will not be RM2.05 forever, we don’t want to be caught with our pants down when that (EV tech up, and petrol price up) happens.

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  • kingkong on Sep 21, 2023 at 10:26 am

    Just make sure those stupid bezza, myvi and proton dont go park at ev charging bay and if they do so, tow their car and dump into klang river ya.

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