Throughout his welcoming speech on the launch of the brand new GWM Seremban 4S centre, transport minister Anthony Loke revealed some developments his ministry is engaged on in relation to the electrical car (EV) trade in Malaysia.
First up, highway tax. At current, highway tax for EVs in Malaysia is free from January 1, 2022 till the top of 2025, however ranging from 2026, homeowners and potential consumers might want to pay following a kilowatt-based system.
The ultimate highway tax quantity for an EV is calculated based mostly on the entire energy ranking of the electrical motor(s), with totally different energy brackets figuring out the bottom charge and accompanying progressive charge (if relevant). To simplify, the extra energy from the electrical motor(s), the extra you’ll be paying – you’ll be able to see a couple of examples right here.
In his speech, Loke stated his ministry is conscious that the present calculation technique can discourage potential EV consumers due to the excessive highway tax value that may outcome. As such, he has instructed the transport ministry to evaluation the highway tax construction for EVs so individuals could be extra inclined to buy EVs, even after the top of the highway tax vacation.
No specifics got, however Loke stated it will likely be “very inexpensive and even cheaper than inner combustion engine vehicles.” For some context, a BYD Atto 3, which retails from RM149,800, may have a highway tax of RM903 after 2025. In the meantime, a similarly-sized HR-V in e:HEV RS guise with a 1.5 litre naturally-aspirated engine is priced at RM140,800, however the relevant highway tax is 10 instances much less at simply RM90.
Along with the matter of highway tax, Loke additionally stated a brand new ‘EV’ quantity plate collection shall be issued within the coming months for EVs. This shall be much like quantity plate collection issued in several states, whereby after the beginning collection of ‘EV1’ to ‘EV9999’ is accomplished, we’ll get ‘EVA’, ‘EVB’, ‘EVC’ and so forth.
In keeping with the transport minister, these plates shall be “RFID-linked” and serve a security function too, as within the occasion of an accident, emergency responders will know by recognizing an ‘EV’ plate that they’re coping with a car that has a high-voltage powertrain that requires particular protocols to cope with safely.