Pushing EV use for low-carbon city goal

Mohd Jafni (second from right) visiting a booth during the Iskandar Puteri low-carbon carnival. Looking on is Iskandar Puteri City Council mayor Datuk Mohd Haffiz Ahmad (right). – THOMAS YONG/The Star

THE Johor government is encouraging the four councils under the greater Johor Baru area to switch their official petrol-fueled cars to eco-friendly electric vehicles (EVs) in the near future.

State local government and housing committee chairman Datuk Mohd Jafni Md Shukor said the step would be in line with the Singapore government’s decision to move towards full use of EV vehicles within 10 to 20 years.

He added that the state government had yet to set a target date for the four councils as the matter was still being discussed.

“This initiative is aimed at achieving a low-carbon society within greater Johor Baru.”

Mohd Jafni was speaking at the closing ceremony of the Iskandar Puteri low-carbon carnival at Sunway Big Box.

“The state will build more EV charging stations in every area of greater Johor Baru starting next year.

“Currently, there are only a few charging stations around Johor Baru.

“For EVs, there is another budget but it has not been determined yet how much we will allocate. We know these type of vehicles are expensive but we have to start soon and hope to move to a better direction,” he added.

The councils in the greater Johor Baru area are Johor Baru City Council (MBJB), Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP), Pasir Gudang City Council (MBPG) and Kulai Municipal Council (MPKu).

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