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What Makes a Car Qualified to be Called an EEV?

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What Makes a Car Qualified to be Called an EEV?


With so much buzz about Energy Efficient Vehicles (EEVs) entering the market, do we really know what qualifies them to be one? Does a vehicle qualify as an EEV just by emitting less carbon monoxide? Not sure? Well, here’s a list of criteria that will surely help you identify the next EEV you see.

Malaysia has taken the issue of air pollution seriously so much so that the National Automotive Policy 2014 (NAP2014 ) was announced in 2014 with the main objective of making Malaysia a regional automotive hub of EEVs. According to the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI).

Many may not realise that EEVs are not just electric vehicles. In general, EEVs are any vehicle that complies to a set of fuel efficiency standards (1/100km) and carbon emission requirements (g/km).

This includes vehicles with any powertrain, such as internal combustion engines (ICE), fuel efficient vehicles, Hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), Plug-in Hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and full electric vehicles (EV). The NAP2014 also recognises vehicles propelled by other energy sources such as; Compressed Natural Gas, Liquefied Petroleum Gas, Biodiesel, Ethanol, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell.


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Fuel efficiency is measured according to the UN ECE R101 standard. The specifications mentioned above are divided into 14 different classes – 10 for cars and four for two-wheeled vehicles. Whichever type of vehicle it is, they would still have to conform to the two criteria – fuel efficiency and carbon emissions. The Malaysian government expects 85% of all vehicles produced locally to be EEVs by 2020. Domestic EEV sales in 2015 and 2016 stood at 32.6% and 42.8% respectively of the overall vehicle sales.



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Besides the fact that we get higher fuel economy and cleaner air in our ecosystem, car manufacturers can enjoy tax exemptions on hybrid and electric vehicles BUT it must assembled locally. In the meantime, efforts towards establishing battery manufacturing for EVs in the local scene is underway together with lithium powder, battery cells and battery assembly packs useful for the production of lithium based batteries are all expected to commence by the 2nd quarter of 2017.




Did you know that Malaysia already has electric car charging stations? Yup, you heard that right! These stations are located all over Malaysia including the Klang Valley, Penang, Malacca and Johor. Popular shopping centres such as KLCC, Lot 10, Petronas Solaris and Bangsar Shopping Centre provide this service together with several Nissan service centres. While we were too caught up with other popular brands producing their EEVs, little did we know that we too, have produced our very own EEV! And that’s none other than the Perodua Axia that was launched in September 2014. Want to find out more? Attend the Malaysia Autoshow on November 9 to 12, 2017 to feast your eyes on all the EEVs available!

In the mean time, watch these videos to know more about EEVs and the future of the automotive industry!

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