Melaka Aims To Have 350 EV Charging Stations By 2025

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Melaka is aiming to offer 350 electric vehicle charging stations (EVCBs) by 2025 to accommodate the growing demand for EVs

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Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusof recently announced that the state government aims to establish 350 EVCBs in the state by 2025, aligning with the planning guidelines outlined by the Town and Country Planning Department.

Currently, Melaka has 118 direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) charging bays

Speaking to Bernama, Ab Rauf mentioned that a total of 118 DC and AC EVCBs have been set up across 40 sites in various urban areas in the state.

"The state government welcomes this initiative and will adopt the planning guidelines in all applications for the setting up of the EVCBs in the state," said Rauf at the launch of the EV Charging Hub at Concept Hotel by EVPower Sdn Bhd on Monday, 19 February.

"As such, I want the Melaka Green Technology Corporation (PTHM) to act promptly to ensure its role and function as the main driver of green technology development in the state," he added.

PTHM is also taking the initiative to scout potential charging bay sites in major towns in Melaka

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PTHM chief executive officer Mohd Hafizam Mustaffa stated that they are actively scouting for new locations to install EV charging bays in key towns across Melaka. He mentioned to Bernama that PTHM plans to work closely with local authorities and EV charging bay installation companies to meet the goal of establishing 350 EV charging bays in Melaka by 2025.

"We have guidelines for the setting up of EV charging bays as it involves safety issues, especially with the use of high currents, particularly for DC chargers," said Hafizam.

"At present, there are EVs priced below RM100,000, and with the expected increase in EV users, we don't want visitors to Melaka to face difficulties in charging their vehicles," he added.

With this move, Melaka is poised to attract both domestic and international visitors

Ab Rauf also highlighted that the collaborative efforts between PTHM and EVPower will play a significant role in promoting eco-friendly transportation habits, not just within Melaka but nationwide.

Emphasising Melaka's status as a popular tourist destination drawing visitors from both domestic and international locations, including Singapore, Ab Rauf said the increased availability of EVCB will further facilitate EV users during their visits to the state.

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