KUCHING: Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) has launched its first batch of electric vehicles (EV) for the company’s corporate use as part of its sustainability initiatives.
The first two Nissan Leaf EVs were showcased during the launch of SEB’s EV Demonstration Project on Wednesday while two more vehicles are expected to be delivered by the middle of the year.
The project will enable SEB to study the suitability of EVs for daily use in Sarawak and to compile data on charging requirements for EVs should there be a rise in market demand for such cars in future.
SEB chief executive Datuk Torstein Dale Sjotveit said the EVs, to be driven by staff, would complement its headquarters Menara Sarawak Energy, which is the first green building in the state.
The EVs will also be used in SEB’s go-green initiatives and road safety campaigns. Charging facilities will be available at Menara Sarawak Energy, SEB’s transport division at Bintawa and Edaran Tan Chong Motor Kuching 3S Centre.
Sjotveit said concerted efforts were needed to move towards energy-efficient vehicles in order to promote sustainability, given the growing number of cars on the road.
He said this was in line with the National Automotive Policy’s target that about 85% of vehicles produced in Malaysia by 2020 will be energy efficient.
In addition, he said, depleting fossil fuels was a factor for countries to consider energy-efficient vehicles.
“Sarawak Energy will continue to explore ways on how best to promote and incorporate sustainability in our processes and operations. This is aligned with our vision for sustainable growth and prosperity for Sarawak by meeting the region’s need for reliable, renewable energy,” he said.