The Malaysian government is embarking on a mission to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) among its citizens. Investment, Trade, and Industry Minister, Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz, underscored the importance of EV mobility, emphasizing that it extends beyond cars to include electric motorcycles, which play a pivotal role in public transportation.
The government’s commitment to promoting EV adoption aligns with its ambitious goal of achieving zero carbon emissions by the year 2050. Additionally, it seeks to attain a significant milestone in the EV landscape by targeting 20% EV sales by the year 2030 through the National Energy Transition Roadmap (NETR).
Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz made these remarks during the launch of the Electric Motorcycle Use Promotion Scheme (MARiiCas), held in conjunction with the one-year anniversary of the Madani government’s program. He encouraged all Malaysian citizens with annual incomes of RM120,000 and below to take advantage of this initiative by registering and applying for a government-provided cash subsidy amounting to RM2,400.
The launch of MARiiCas comes at a pivotal moment and is expected to enhance public acceptance of the transition from internal combustion engines to EVs. The Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Industry (Miti) believes that this initiative will contribute significantly to achieving the government’s target of 20% annual EV sales by 2030, as outlined in the NETR.
MARiiCas, a joint initiative by Miti and the Malaysia Automotive, Robotics & IoT Institute (MARii), is designed to incentivize and empower citizens to experience electric motorcycles as a practical mode of daily transportation. The scheme offers rebates and incentives aimed at boosting confidence and opportunities for the public to embrace electric motorcycles.
The MARiiCas application platform, facilitated by MARii, allows eligible applicants to verify their eligibility, apply for incentives, access information regarding available electric motorcycle models, and track the status of their applications. This user-friendly platform is poised to facilitate a seamless transition towards eco-friendly electric mobility while contributing to the government’s sustainability objectives.
As the nation progresses towards a cleaner and more sustainable future, the Malaysian government’s initiatives and incentives are expected to drive increased adoption of EVs, supporting the global transition to greener transportation alternatives.