In an effort to tangibly reduce the nation’s carbon footprint, the Malaysian government has announced that beginning 2023, the entire fleet of vehicles used by government servants would eventually be replaced by electric vehicles (EVs).
According to the Minister of Environment and Water Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, all new procurements of vehicles to be used by the government and its officials would only consist of EVs.
Currently, the official government vehicle in Malaysia is the Toyota Vellfire, although it looks as if it may very well be a Tesla that you see your assemblyman driving in the near future – and it’s all to do with the goal of achieving zero carbon emissions by the year 2050.
And not only will the government car fleet be switching to EVs, Tuan Ibrahim also revealed particular plans to transform locales such as Langkawi and Putrajaya into starting point to promote the adoption of EVs among public road users.
Could this soon be the official government car of Malaysia? IMAGE: Tesla
“For example, we could give 100 electric motorcycles to residents in exchange for their old bikes, or upgrade their vehicles,” he said. “Our intention is to use such resort islands as a pilot project.”
He explained that using an island such as Langkawi as a starting point would be easier in terms of infrastructure and support, while the government was also seeking to transform the city of Putrajaya into a carbon-free zone. All of this would also necessitate the switch to EVs in the near future.
As for the availability of EV models and infrastructure in the country, it remains to be seen just what type of vehicle will be picked for the official use of high-ranking government officials, especially when you consider that the EVs currently available in the country are still only a handful, and don’t exactly match the feel of the Toyota Vellfires currently in commission.
Then there’s the issue of the number of charging stations throughout the country – if Malaysia is indeed to undergo a massive shift towards EV usage, then there surely needs to be a corresponding increase of EV charging stations all over the country – possibly even more than the 10,000 or so currently planned by the government.
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