by Rosli Mansor
At least 30 electric vehicle (EV) chargers will be installed around Ipoh city next year, said Ipoh Mayor Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin @ Md Daud.
He said the need was important in making Ipoh a tourist city, in addition to facilitating the use of electric vehicles.
Therefore, he said, the Ipoh City Council (MBI) has established cooperation with private companies to ensure that the requirements are met.
“To encourage the construction of EVs here, we have appointed a joint venture company and at least 30 EV chargers will be established next year.
“If we (Ipoh) want to become a tourist town, we have to have EV chargers. I take the example of now many cars from Singapore enter Ipoh.
“When I checked the comments received, many vehicles from there are already EV compliant.
“So we will make chargers using new technology. It doesn’t take long to charge and will be created next year,” he said.
Rumaizi said this at a press conference after the November Council Plenary Meeting at the MBI Meeting Hall yesterday.
Previously, MBI had drafted the provision of EV chargers in the 2030 Low Carbon City Plan Blueprint to encourage the use of EVs to reduce carbon emissions.
Last year MBI in collaboration with Greentech Malaysia (MGTC) installed two EV charging units at the Council Headquarters and the Pejabat Lama in Padang Ipoh.
In addition, there is the addition of two more units this year which are at Taman D.R Seenivasagam and Taman Rekreasi Sultan Abdul Aziz.
There is also the involvement of the private sector for the installation of EV chargers in the city of Ipoh involving two units at the Sunway City Ipoh development, two units at the Weil Hotel and one unit at the Ipoh Urban Transformation Center (UTC) parking lot.