Electric vehicle users urge the government to install more fast charging stations
MalaysiaHaving to wait in line for a long time to charge the car on the highway makes many electric car users in the Southeast Asian country uncomfortable.
Electric Vehicle Users Club of Malaysia (MyEVOC) called on the Highways Authority of Malaysia (LLM) to secure the permission to install additional electric vehicle charging stations along the highways. The move comes after members of the club used social media to report queues at DC fast charging stations on the North-South highway.
“More EV models will be delivered in the second and third quarters of this year, and we can expect long lines at charging stations along highways very soon,” wrote Shahrol Halmi, president of MyEVOC. LinkedIn a few days ago.
Shahrol also stated that one of the main factors affecting the expansion of charging infrastructure in Malaysia is not the grid system, but the bottlenecks in the distribution/retail system.
According to the Malaysian Automotive Import and Trade Association (PEKEMA), there are currently about 4,000 standard charging stations but less than 20 DC fast charging stations. The number is much less than the 1,000 DC charging stations that the association plans to install across the country by the end of 2025. Many places are waiting for an upgrade in electricity supply from the power company.
Part of the 1,000 targeted DC charging stations, Shahrol explains, will be for electric vehicle riders on the expressway to avoid the current charging queues. Driving on the highway, drivers will need to charge the car as quickly as possible to quickly continue the journey. Standard low-power charging stations are only suitable where the user can park the car for a long time, or charge it overnight at home.
Currently, electric vehicle sales in Malaysia are not much. In 2021, the whole country has only 274 electric cars sold. However, the number of charging stations, especially fast charging stations, is too small, causing inconvenience to users.
Also in 2021, the number of electric vehicles sold in two other countries in Southeast Asia, Indonesia and Thailand, is much higher than in Malaysia. Specifically, electric vehicle sales in Indonesia were 658 units, while in Thailand it was 1,643 units.
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