The Penang state government, through the Penang Green Council (PGC) and the Penang City Council (MBPP), has introduced a new e-motorcycle charging station and there would be a couple of them around the island.
What’s best about them is they are free to use for electric-powered motorcycles!
In a statement on Facebook, Penang executive council member and the chairman of the state’s infrastructure and transport committee Zairil Khir Johari said this initiative is targeted at promoting e-motorcycle usage as the island aims to halve its carbon footprint by 2030.
Currently, there are three charging stations in Penang that offers free electric charging and they are located in Astaka Persiaran Gurney, Medan Renong Food Complex in Padang Kota Lama and Astaka Batu Lanchang.
The remaining 6 stations are still under construction and will begin operations soon, but Zairil did not specify exactly when this might happen. Nonetheless, they will be located in public parking areas at 1st Avenue Mall, Kompleks MBPP Lebuh Pantai, Kompleks Desiran Tanjung, Kompleks Sri Selera Bayan Baru, Bukit Jambul Kompleks, and Kompleks Bukit Gedung.
Meanwhile, the state councillor also encouraged local e-motorcycle distributors and courier companies to contribute free charging stations to promote the low-carbon vehicles.
Penang Mayor Yew Tung Seang said the city council has been using 10 electric motorcycles since 2015 and he is certain that this technological advancement will increase the adoption of electric vehicles and preserve the environment.
Managing director of Malaysian e-motorcycle company Eclimo, Liew Chun Peng also said that there are an estimated 1 million motorcycle units in Penang with e-motorcycles making up less than 1% of the total.
“Thus, the company has launched a pilot project that introduces electric scooters to 50 food-hailing riders and at the same time, educating them about saving them petrol costs with the free charging stations,” said Liew.
The Penang City Council is on a goal toward its “zero-emission mobility” which is in line with the Penang2030 vision.
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