Brunei targets 60% nationwide electric vehicle sales by 2035

  • Brunei
  • Monday, 28 Sep 2020

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Sept 28 (Xinhua): Brunei is looking to increase the share of electric vehicles to 60 per cent of the total annual vehicle sales as one of the key strategies under the Brunei National Climate Change Policy (BNCCP), a senior government official said.

"We are trying to come up with a pilot scheme by bringing a number of electric vehicles into the country and increasing awareness," Haji Azhar, Brunei's Permanent Secretary (Energy) at the Ministry of Energy was quoted as saying by local daily the Borneo Bulletin on Sunday.

"It will take some time but we hope that following the pilot scheme, we can start to bring in electric vehicles to sell in the open market," he said.

Haji Azhar also said that electric vehicles are well-received globally, especially in Europe and the United States, and have been selling quite well, compared to countries in Southeast Asia.

"One of the key things is to provide the infrastructure like charging stations. We are planning to have a couple of charging stations, which is currently in discussion."

"Of course, we need to increase awareness of the advantage of electric vehicles. Brunei is not very big, so from one end to the other is not a very long distance; a single charging of an electric vehicle can be used for up to 300km, which means it can last for a few days," he added.

Meanwhile, Brunei reported no new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday (Sept 27) with the national tally of cases standing at 146.

According to Brunei's Ministry of Health, no more recoveries were recorded, maintaining the total number of recovered cases at 142.

There is still one active case being treated at the National Isolation Centre, who was recorded last Thursday.

Meanwhile, currently there are 435 individuals who are undergoing mandatory isolation at the monitoring centres provided by the government, who have arrived in the country after traveling abroad.

There have been three deaths that resulted from Covid-19 in Brunei. - Xinhua
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