Government of Malaysia to boost EV development with the launch of the NESTI program

The Government of Malaysia is targeting to boost the development, validation and commercialisation of electric vehicle (EV) technology in Malaysia through the NanoMalaysia Energy Storage Technology Initiative (NESTI) programme.

The NESTI programme will focus on the development and commercialisation of energy storage systems (ESS) for EVs including batteries, hydrogen storage, ultracapacitors, energy management systems and battery recycling.Malaysia’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) will also undertake joint activities to enhance the acceptance of EV technology and position Malaysia as a key exporter of EV components in the ASEAN region. MOSTI has also reported that NanoMalaysia’s Enabling Mobility Electrification for Green Economy (EMERGE) programme has secured funding from the Malaysia Grand Challenge’s Strategic Research Fund. The Rapid Electric Vehicles Innovation Validation Ecosystem (REVIVE), which was designed to focus on the conversion of normal engines to electric engines, is one of the key initiatives under EMERGE.The EMERGE programme will also aim to boost EV technology development through the Nano Technology Commercialisation programme to optimise ESS and energy management systems, internet of nano things (IoNT), development of off-grid green charging stations and EV prototypes. This move is line with the National Automotive Policy (NAP) 2020, National Transport Policy (NTP) 2019-2030 and the Low Carbon Mobility Blueprint 2021-2030.

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