NAP 2019 to be implemented in 3 phases until 2030
Published on: Tuesday, September 17, 2019
By: Bernama
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Kuala Lumpur: National Automotive Policy (NAP) 2019 to be launched soon, will be implemented in three phases till 2030 and it will also include efforts to make Malaysia a hybrid and energy-efficient vehicle (EEV) manufacturer, says Automotive, Robotic and IoT Institute (MARii) chief executive officer Datuk Madani Sahari.

He said the first phase, expected to run until 2023-2024, will ensure the continuity of NAP 2014 and other elements to prepare the country to become EEV producer.

“The first phase of NAP 2019 will emphasise on the improvement of policies to infuse with new technologies, including in terms of human capital and its competency,” he told Bernama.

On EEV, he said the first phase would focus on elements such as batteries production, management system, and the establishment of charging stations while the other two phases would focus on technological advancement, including 5G.

NAP 2019 will also see MARii shifts its EEV focus to the“next-generation vehicle” (NxGV).

Madani said among the differences between NxGV and EEV is it will provide “connectivity” that add value to the driving experience.

The NxGV which uses Artificial Intelligence (AI)  will enable the creation of the new sector - “mobility as a service”.

The use of AI in the NxGV will push towards a safer, more efficient and high performance driving.

“Mobility as a service is a new sector, therefore, we cannot be left behind. Having said this, it requires a lot of programming, Big Data analytics, the Internet of Things and many others,” he added.

Mobility as a service can be referred to as a shift away from personally-owned modes of transportation and towards mobility solutions that are consumed as a service.

It is enabled by combining transportation services from public and private transportation providers through a unified gateway which creates and manages the trip and allowing users to pay for the service either via cash or online payment.

One of such services is e-hailing.

It was reported that the (full) definition of the NxGV in NAP 2019 would be made ready by early 2022 and the implementation would begin in 2025.

Madani said technologists had stated that automotive industry is the “mother of all industries” as it involves other sectors such as mechanical, electronic, engineering, chemistry and latest technologies.

“That’s why we understand why the Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahahtir Mohamad insists on having a new national car so that we can ensure that the automotive industry will be able to spin off all of these activities,” he added.

Dr Mahathir had last month said that the third national car should be capable of “hybridisation”. – Bernama


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