Did You Know Many Public EV Chargers Out There Are Actually Unlicensed?

This is due to the fact that installing electric vehicle charging stations involves many steps, and the approval process takes up to 60 days.
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The Energy Commission (Suruhanjaya Tenaga) is in discussions with the government to exempt condominium owners from needing a distributor licence to install electric vehicle charging bays (EVCBs).

This exemption is aimed at addressing challenges faced by charging point operators (CPOs) and residential building owners, particularly regarding recent requirements for separate Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) electricity meters and retailer licences, according to The Edge Malaysia.

The commission is working to streamline the licensing process for CPOs, reducing approval times from 60 to 20-30 working days.

Additionally, they have engaged CPOs to educate them on necessary documentation and enforcement measures for unlicensed EVCBs. No further grace period will be given, urging CPOs to apply for licences promptly.

The Edge reports that most public EV chargers in Malaysia were still unlicensed despite the commission’s deadline to do so by March 2023.

Regular meetings between the commission and CPOs aim to address issues and ensure smooth collaboration. Currently, 400 EVCBs nationwide are licensed, and the commission remains optimistic about achieving its goal of 10,000 EVCBs by 2025.

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