Investment, Trade, and Industry Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz has stressed the need for more electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to further develop Malaysia’s EV ecosystem. He mentioned that the installation of additional charging stations is a crucial aspect in this effort.
According to the minister, Tesla’s Superchargers will play a significant role in achieving the government’s goal of establishing 10,000 EV charging stations by 2025. As part of the requirement, Tesla is obligated to install at least 50 Superchargers by 2026, with 30% of them being open to other EV brands, which will benefit all EV owners.
Tengku Zafrul shared this information in a video posted on Twitter on July 20, stating that eight of Tesla’s efficient Superchargers have already been installed at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. Additionally, there are plans for nine more locations across Malaysia to have Superchargers, with three in the Klang Valley (Bukit Jalil, Petaling Jaya, and Dengkil) and six outside the Klang Valley (Iskandar Puteri in Johor, Perai in Penang, Ipoh in Perak, and Seremban in Negeri Sembilan).
With these 10 locations, it is anticipated that 95% of Tesla’s target of 50 Superchargers will be achieved, as each location will house four to 12 charging stations.
Moreover, Tengku Zafrul praised Tesla for its commitment to increasing the number of Superchargers beyond the government’s set target. He emphasized that this is an encouraging start, and he hopes other EV manufacturers will also participate in expanding the number of chargers and Superchargers nationwide.
Furthermore, the minister highlighted that Tesla utilizes many local components in the production of its vehicles. This investment by Tesla is expected to boost growth among local suppliers in Malaysia, leading to the creation of more job opportunities for Malaysians.
Overall, the efforts to increase EV charging infrastructure in the country will significantly contribute to the growth and adoption of electric vehicles in Malaysia, promoting a more sustainable and greener future for transportation.