Speaking at the launch of the all-new Perodua Alza, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has urged National carmaker Perodua to work with Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) to explore new opportunities such as affordable high quality electric vehicles (EVs).
Ismail said that TNB is currently working on increasing electricity production using clean energy resources.
“TNB is also looking at providing adequate EV charging stations. In this aspect, both parties can work together to introduce affordable charge rates for all.” he was quoted as saying by The Star.
In addition, he said that telecommunication companies like Telekom Malaysia could also work with these two parties to provide data packages that would enable users to book EV charging sessions online.
According to Ismail, this collaboration should be implemented to address the effects of climate change around the world. He added that this initiative could also help Malaysia achieve its goal of being carbon-neutral by 2050.
Apart from that, Ismail said the government is ready to assist Perodua in expanding its existing market and finding new markets while the carmaker improves its production capabilities to be competitive with other companies in the region.
“The impact of the country’s automotive industry development can be seen through economic activities such as job creation, technical skills upgrading, technology transfer and reducing the dependency on foreign companies.”
“In addition, national automotive companies are also responsible for developing the industry through investment and, at the same time, enhancing the capabilities of local companies in the aspects of quality, technology and productivity,” he said.
Ismail added Perodua had proven its commitment to the local automotive sector with purchases of components worth RM7 billion on average annually.
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