CYBERJAYA, 12th AUGUST 2021 – Malaysia Automotive Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) and the Malay Vehicle Importers and Traders Association of Malaysia (PEKEMA) inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) towards the development of Electric Vehicle (EVs) infrastructure, as well as strengthening the EV value chain in Malaysia.

Through this MoA, MARii and PEKEMA will collaborate to set up 1000 EV charging station (DC rapid chargers) around the country by 2025. At the same time, both parties will co-develop connective applications that include e-payment, charger locators, battery management systems and service centre networks for the charging ecosystem.

The development activities will be coordinated through an Electric Vehicle Center of Excellence that will be established through this partnership. The Center will address key enablers towards ensuring a harmonized and integrated charging ecosystem that caters to the demands of future e-mobility users.

The COE will also operate as a focal point for aftersales service support as well as implementing training, repairs, warranties, consultation, communication, marketing and co-ordination of strategic collaborations in electric vehicle related areas.

“MARii congratulates PEKEMA and its members for taking a bold step in increasing consumer and industry access to electrification in the country. It is yet another important achievement of public-private partnership in realising the involvement of Malaysians in high value technologies, in line with the National Automotive Policy 2020 that is co-ordinated by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)”, said MARii CEO, Dato’ Ts. Madani Sahari.

Dato’ Madani explained that the center of excellence is an important platform for the EV ecosystem, particularly in sales, after sales and consumer experience of EVs – and will add a new dimension to the ecosystem of MARii facilities such as the MARii Design Centre, MARii Academy, MARii Simulation & Analysis Centre (MARSAC) and the National Emission Test Centre (NETC).

PEKEMA President Dato’ Zainuddin Abdul Rahman explained that this year alone, 11 EV charging stations have been built. PEKEMA is further committed to develop after sales service centers, create new opportunities in high skilled jobs, and accelerate the adoption of green renewable energy.

“I believe that this MoA will expedite the areas of collaboration between PEKEMA and MARii, and also generate new collaboration areas that bring prosperous impacts and benefits in the era of environmental friendliness”, said Dato’ Zainuddin.

About the Malaysia Automotive Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii)

MARii serves to spur the development of smart systemsthrough the implementation of digital technologies with a special focus on big data analytics and artificial intelligence, including automotive and connected mobility ecosystem.

About the Association of Importers & Traders Malay Vehicle (PEKEMA)

PEKEMA is an association consisting of Bumiputera vehicle operators who intend to develop and improve the Bumiputera economy through vehicle trade, especially imported cars with foreign brands.