The Malaysian government has stated its new target to have 1.5 million electric vehicles (EVs) in the country by 2040, according to Bernama.
According to Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change Minister Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, the target comes following EV infrastructure migration at a global level, which involves the change of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles that are powered by petrol to EVs.
He further said the ministry’s new target is an increase compared to the target set by the Planning and Implementation Committee for Electricity Supply and Tariff (JPPPET) previously, which was 90,000 EVs by 2024.
‘’As we foresee that there will be pressure from developed countries to migrate from conventional vehicles to EVs, we need to be more prepared’’.
Nik Nazmi was responding to a supplementary question from Datuk Seri Hasni Mohammad (BN-Simpang Renggam) on the government’s comprehensive approach to ensure the effectiveness of the Long Term Low Emission Development Strategies (LT-LEDS) during Q&A session today.
On the latest status with regards to Malaysia’s aim to become carbon-neutral by 2050 as set under the 12th Malaysia Plan, he said the government is establishing the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Roadmap and Action Plan as well as LT-LEDS.
‘’Once the LT-LEDS is completed, this will also help the government in enacting the Climate Change Act which we hope will be able to help the country achieve net zero as early as 2050’’, he said.
He then concluded the NDC Roadmap and Action Plan plus LT-LEDS are expected to be finalised in the fourth quarter of 2023.