TAKE IT EV: The GE-Naza Electric Vehicle (EV) Experience offers innovative solutions to reduce carbon emission, with focus on clean and energy-efficient transport
GENERAL Electric (GE) and Naza Group of Companies recently held the "GE-Naza Electric Vehicle (EV) Experience" that focused on clean and energy-efficient transport.
Held in conjunction with GE Innovation Day at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the event featured innovative solutions co-created by GE and local partners.
The public and private sector collaboration to promote green transport also brought together stakeholders and industry players to discuss the deployment of EVs in Malaysia.
It was supported by Malaysian Green Technology Corporation, and officially launched by Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui.
GE Asean chief executive officer Stuart Dean said: "GE's collaboration with Naza is in support of Malaysia's commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 40 per cent by 2020."
The collaboration began last year with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two companies.
The MoU formalised the companies' agreement to work together in lobbying and education efforts to raise public and government awareness, to work synergistically for greater results and to pilot test electric vehicles, among others.
Chin said the ministry was pleased by the GE-Naza initiative to help the country make the shift from fossil fuel to green transport.
"Green transport is a key thrust under the National Policy on Green Technology. Vehicles are the second highest contributors of carbon emissions, which makes EV development crucial to our agenda to accelerate green economy growth," said Chin.
He viewed the EV exhibits, and later took a Naza electric car out for a test drive.
Chin said the government was in the process of determining the ministry or agency to take charge of EV development in Malaysia.
"We are in discussions to conduct an electric bus demonstration with public transport providers.
"Tests are being carried out and data is being collected," he said.