The Malaysian government's representatives have put a target on EV adoption by 2020 - and its a big one: 100,000 electric vehicles.
And while one might say, "100,000? that is not a huge number, GM sold that many Chevy Volts in the US alone", it is for the small country. Currently, Malaysia is home to only 891 registered EVs.
International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapha Mohamed promotes more EV adoption in order to lower carbon emissions, better the environment, and to reduced maintenance costs and savings overall.
"One of the main reasons why we encourage it is because it would reduce carbon emission in the country, subsequently providing a better environment for all.
Secondly, using e-vehicles would reduce maintenance cost, with savings of about RM5,000 each year compared to the conventional vehicles."
By the end of the year, Malaysia also expects to have 5,000 e-bikes registered (up from 100 today), as some popular new models arrive in the country in September.