More electric powered vehicles by 2030 to reduce gas emissions

Dr Zaini (second from left) checking out the electric bicycles at UTM Skudai campus. Looking on is UTM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Wahid Omar (third from left)

JOHOR BARU: The Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry aims to have more than 202,000 electric powered vehicles in Malaysia by the year 2030 under its master plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Its secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Zaini Ujang said in line with the Paris Agreement, Malaysia has renewed its commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from 40% to 45% based on the country’s gross domestic product within the next 17 years.

The climate change has caused freak weather patterns lately, such as long droughts, major floods as well thunderstorms, he added.

Zaini said this after presenting 200 electric powered bicycles to Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) at its Skudai campus here.

He pointed out that many other developed nations have moved forward by using electric vehicles and that Malaysia too does not want to be left behind in using sustainable energy to minimise pollution.

Zaini said based on a report by the International Energy Agency (EIA) in 2013, the transportation sector was the second largest contributor to greenhouse gas emission at 20%, where most of its mode of transport is on land, such as privately owned vehicles.

To realise the nation’s green agenda, the ministry has created the low carbon mobility initiative, which also involved the Electric Mobility Blueprint (EMB) that focuses on three main points, namely developing electronic vehicles (EV) for public transportation and private use, EV eco-system, and EV economic, he said.

He stressed that EMB was part of the Government’s efforts to introduce electric vehicles as an alternative to normal vehicles, which run on fuel and diesel.

Zaini said the increase in EV usage was important to lessen dependency on fossil fuel and decrease greenhouse gas emissions in the country.

EMB also aimed to make Malaysia a hub for electric vehicles market by targeting 100,000 electric cars, 125,000 charge stations, 2,000 electric buses, and 100,000 electric motorcycles by 2030.

Until April this year, there were 1,136 electric vehicles nationwide including cars, buses and even bicycles, he said, adding that consumers must be convinced that electric vehicles would become a better choice for them and the environment.

He said he was confident conducive policies and advances made in technology would help increase and popularise use of electric vehicles in Malaysia in the near future.

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