Malaysian EV owners have already started queuing up for DC chargers – necessary

The Malaysian EV Owners Club (MyEVOC) has requested the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) for approval to add more electric vehicle (EV) chargers to the country’s highways. After that some members of the club submitted Social media They will now have to wait in line to use the DC Fast Charging Stations (DCFC) located along the North-South Expressway operated by PLUS Malaysia.

Delays in implementation are not new, and earlier MyEVOC President Datuk Shahrol Halmi has spoken out. “More EVs will be delivered to customers in the second and third quarters of 2022, and we can already easily assume that there will soon be long queues at charging stations along the highway,” Shahrol wrote in a LinkedIn post six days ago.

He added that one of the factors affecting the expansion of EV charger infrastructure in Malaysia is not the grid capacity, but the limitations of the distribution / retail network, mainly due to bureaucracy.

He also cited the example of the Malaysian Malay Vehicle Importers and Dealers Association (PEKEMA) DCFC network, which fell far short of the association’s target of installing 1,000 DC chargers by 2025, with only less than 20 units able to install – mostly electricity The level of supply is still pending.

Shahrol explained that some of the 1,000 DC chargers for EV users on the highway were targeted, which would help avoid long queues, but their implementation had to be delayed due to bureaucracy.

“For highways, this is usually the reason because it has to wait for approval from many parties like highway operators, highway authorities, local authorities and TNB,” he said. Before this.

Large and influential companies like Shell also face this bureaucratic problem in providing their HPC recharge network on the North-South Highway. “By the end of 2021, the initial target dates for the four locations had arrived and gone, with only one (Tankak) operating in January 2022,” Shahrol wrote again.

He also proposed the formation of a special task force to facilitate the implementation of the charger infrastructure, which would work more or less like PEMUDAH, reducing bureaucracy, centralizing the various aspects and speeding up the process. He added that feedback from consumers should be taken seriously.

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