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Malaysia’s first EV car sharing begins in August

GOING GREEN WITH EVs: Malaysia’s 1st electric vehicle (EV) car sharing programme will be rolled out in the Klang Valley in the 2H of 2014, followed by other potential areas such as Langkawi, Malacca, Johor and Penang. International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed says this year alone the programme will introduce 60 EV cars and 60 public charging stations from identified point to point. (From left) Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Hamim Samuri, CMS Consortium Sdn Bhd executive chairman Datuk Seri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir, Mustapa (inside car) and Energy, Green Technology and Water Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Diraja Mahdzir Khalid during the soft launch of the programme in Putrajaya. (Muhd Amin Naharul)

Malaysia’s first electric vehicle (EV) car sharing programme will be rolled out in the Klang Valley in the second- half of 2014, followed by other potential areas such as Langkawi, Malacca, Johor and Penang.

International Trade and Industry minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said that this year alone the programme will introduce 60 EV cars and 60 public charging stations from identified point to point.

“From the initial 60 EV cars, the number is expected to grow to 3,500 EV cars nationwide by 2020,” Mustapa said after the soft launch of Malaysia’s first EV car sharing programme at Putrajaya yesterday.

The minister believes that the initiative will further spur the development of EVs and thus spin off other related benefits such as the installation of charging infrastructure, production of charging systems as well as components, and battery recycling activities.

CMC Consortium Sdn Bhd, a private company, will provide the car-sharing and fleet management services using EVs. At the same time it will deploy public charging infrastructure, including a centralised network management system that integrates both EVs and charging stations.

CMC Consortium executive chairman Datuk Seri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir said the company has invested up to RM7 million to provide the car sharing service, also known as cohesive mobility solution (COMOS), for this year.
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