Under the German Programme “Export Initiative for Environment Technologies” financed by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MGCC), in cooperation with Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) and Urbanice Malaysia, organized a conference and workshop with a focus on Urban Development and E-mobility, held in MARii’s headquarters in Cyberjaya, today.
Considering the increasing population and urbanisation of major hubs such as Kuala Lumpur and Penang, urbanisation is creating significant opportunities for social and economic development and more sustainable living. However, it’s also exerting significant pressure on infrastructure and resources, as well as contributing to climate change. Cities need to redesign their approach to energy, mobility and consumption in order to improve air quality, reduce congestion and provide clean and reliable energy to their growing population.
In response to these challenges, urban planning policies need to develop sustainable strategies by adapting a more integrated and assertive approach to make the most of electric mobility, therefore improving the quality of the urban ecosystem. Furthermore, electrification of cars could become a major game changer in reducing emissions and achieving climate goals.
Malaysia has one of the most ambitious automotive and mobility policies within the region, aiming to increase domestic participation in high value technology within its local industry through the implementation of development programmes in line with Industry 4.0.
The Malaysian government recently launched the National Framework on Industry 4.0 to accelerate the technological growth of Malaysian companies in compliance with demands of the fourth industrial revolution.
While the current national automotive policy has spurred a nationwide interest in the adoption of energy efficient transportation, Malaysia will continue to innovate policy, legal frameworks and development programmes to spur local participation in electrification, shared mobility and autonomous driving technology that are also environmentally sustainable.
“The new path of the NAP review will address the elements of the current NAP focusing on various measures required to enhance the competitiveness of the industry with future technological trends”, said YB Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Malaysia’s Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry.
“This review of the NAP will look at new mobility pathways and trends in driving patterns, and it will also be adjusted with the improvements in public transportation and look at vendor development within the ecosystem. This will in turn propel the automotive industry into something more sustainable and greener”, he added.
The Malaysian e-mobility ecosystem offers great potential for German companies as the Malaysian automotive industry is moving towards electric vehicles and new technologies to propel the industry towards an eco-friendly future. In addition, Germany is known for its dedication and success in renewable energy, proven by the fact that approximately 35 % of the nation’s electricity is generated from renewable energy to power electric vehicles.
Further transportation and urban development cause environmental exposures such as air pollution and climate change. Therefore, Germany, as a major industrial powerhouse, is dedicated to combat these issues through green economic transformation by introducing e-mobility and sustainable urban development solutions.
The automotive sector is Germany’s pride, and recognised as a global leader. When it comes to high-tech automotive products, including autonomous driving technology, German technology is recognised all over the world for its outstanding automotive industry and excellence in engineering. German cars embody highly cherished values of innovation, reliability, safety and design.
In future, Germany will continue to strive to provide top-class technological performance through its outstanding infrastructure, prestigious international research facilities and dynamic investment climate. Even after more than 130 years after inventing the automobile, Germany remains the world automotive innovation hub.
“Malaysia aspires to develop a mobility ecosystem with a comprehensive, well planned and intelligent mobility infrastructure, with talent development and business capacities to successfully implement such goals”, said MARii CEO, Dato’ Madani Sahari while speaking to the media.
“Germany’s history of sustainable technological innovation is a great example for Malaysia to follow, in particular the mobilization of business and talent development through the public-private partnerships between the government, academia and industry players”, he added.
German companies can contribute through technical and professional know-how to spearhead high standards of sustainable and urban concepts in Malaysia and thus achieve global competitiveness.
Against this background, MGCC is holding a series of workshops to provide an electro-mobility platform for German technology providers to share knowledge and provide better understanding of future e-mobility concepts for ministries, government agencies and businesses in Malaysia.
The workshop platforms unite organisations from across industries and transport modes committed to promoting e-mobility and strives to collectively develop solutions to electrify transport for Malaysia’s modern urban plans.