Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced that he will enhance the electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure approval process.
Anwar disclosed that the decision was reached during the 42nd National Physical Planning Council (MPFN) meeting, according to The Star.
He emphasised the significance of having a well-established charging infrastructure to facilitate the transformation of the automotive sector.
In line with this, the government has pledged its commitment to building 10,000 EV charging stations by 2025 to support the EV usage target in a statement released to the media on Monday, 18 September 2023. Currently, only 1,246 EV charging stations are operational.
Previously, we reported that the current state of charging infrastructure lags behind the pace of EV adoption. Shah Yang Razalli, deputy CEO and chief green mobility officer of Gentari, says that the approval processes for charging points in interstate areas take up to nine months, whereas charging point operator build times are only two to three weeks.
The CEO urges streamlining these approval processes to accelerate charging point deployment and ensure efficiency for the EV industry and consumers.