Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has announced that Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) in collaboration with Mysuri Biz Technologies Sdn Bhd will provide 1,000 units of Electric Vehicle (EV) taxis to support Malaysia’s go-green efforts. The announcement was made at the fifth International Sustainable Energy Summit (ISES) 2022.
He said a legal regulatory framework will be established for the safety of the development of EV charging infrastructure, so that aspects of public and user safety are preserved and guaranteed, as reported by The Edge Markets.
At the ISES 2022, the Malaysian Prime Minister said, “I would also like to inform you that Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB), in collaboration with Mysuri Biz Technologies Sdn Bhd, will provide 1,000 units of EV taxis, in support of the country’s decarbonisation efforts. The involvement of GLCs (government-linked companies) such as TNB needs to be intensified to support the development of the country’s EV industry.”
The summit is a collaboration between the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) Malaysia and the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. SEDA was established in September 2011 under the SEDA Act 2011 (Act 726), with the key purpose of driving the renewable energy and energy efficiency agenda in the country.
So far, there have yet to be any EV taxis in Malaysia. Even hybrid taxis are not a thing here. Our neighbouring countries like Thailand and Singapore already have a few EV taxis, mostly using budget cars like the MG 5 EV.
As for EV infrastructure, TNB has collaborated with PLUS Malaysia to set up an EV charging network along the North-South Expressway (NSE). The Malaysian energy company has also announced that it will help logistics company DHL in installing more EV charging stations to prepare DHL to switch to EVs soon.