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) business in Malaysia.
First up, street tax. At current, street tax for EVs in Malaysia is free from January 1, 2022 till the tip of 2025, however ranging from 2026, house owners and potential consumers might want to pay following a kilowatt-based system.
The ultimate street tax quantity for an EV is calculated based mostly on the whole energy score of the electrical motor(s), with completely different energy brackets figuring out the bottom price and accompanying progressive price (if relevant). To simplify, the extra energy from the electrical motor(s), the extra you’ll be paying – you may see a couple of examples right here.
In his speech, Loke stated his ministry is conscious that the present calculation methodology can discourage potential EV consumers due to the excessive street tax price that may consequence. As such, he has instructed the transport ministry to assessment the street tax construction for EVs so folks could be extra inclined to buy EVs, even after the tip of the street tax vacation.
No specifics got, however Loke stated it will likely be “very reasonably priced and even cheaper than inside combustion engine automobiles.” For some context, a BYD Atto 3, which retails from RM149,800, can have a street 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 street tax is 10 instances much less at simply RM90.
Along with the matter of street tax, Loke additionally stated a brand new ‘EV’ quantity plate collection can be issued within the coming months for EVs. This can be just like quantity plate collection issued in numerous states, whereby after the beginning collection of ‘EV1’ to ‘EV9999’ is accomplished, we’ll get ‘EVA’, ‘EVB’, ‘EVC’ and so forth.
In response to the transport minister, these plates can be “RFID-linked” and serve a security objective 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.