Saturday, July 7, 2012

Standards for electric vehicle charging stations in the works

KUALA LUMPUR: The Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry is working on introducing standards for companies that want to set up charging stations for electric vehicles in future.

Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin said there must be an environment to encourage people to use vehicles that run on electricity.

"Until we have charging stations, we are not ready. Once the infrastructure is up, then people will be tempted to buy electric vehicles," he told reporters after launching the 2012 General Electric-Naza Electric Vehicle Experience event at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here Tuesday.

The event, hosted by General Electric and Naza Group of Companies, aims to bring together key stakeholders and industry players to discuss issues concerning electric vehicle deployment in Malaysia.

Chin said it would not be difficult for petrol companies to install charging stations in their existing petrol station branches around the country.

"Electric vehicles can also be charged at home and buildings using power points. But if we want to make it commercial, certain infrastructure must be in place, such as credit card facilities for consumers to pay for charging services," he said.

Under the National Automotive Policy, the ministry has developed an electric vehicle infrastructure roadmap to enable pilot demonstration projects to be carried out in Malaysia.


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