Govt agency steps up electric m-cycle promotion via RM2,400 rebate scheme

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysians who want to buy an electric motorcycle can visit the registration/consultation booth of the "Electric Motorcycle Use Promotion Scheme" or "MARiiCas" in Kuala Selangor this weekend.

Chief executive officer of Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and Internet of Things Institute (MARii) Azrul Reza Aziz said today they need to bring their identity card, driver’s licence and registration confirmation form to register and get immediate approval.

The rebate scheme under the Madani Rakyat programme was launched by the Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz on Dec 8, 2023 and will end on Dec 31, 2024.

Under the scheme, Malaysians with an annual income of RM120,000 or less will be given a subsidy in the form of a cash rebate of RM2,400 for the purchase of an electric motorcycle or RM200 per month for 12 months on an instalment basis.

According to Azrul, MARii as the implementing government agency, also activated the MARiiCas application platform which allows applicants to access information related to the electric motorcycle models offered as well as apply and check the eligibility of an application for the scheme.

Public response to the scheme has been encouraging, he said.

"This initiative is also made possible through the efforts of manufacturers such as Ryde EV, which worked with telecommunication companies such as CelcomDiGi, Blueshark and Maxis, as well as Ebixon which have built a network of distributors in Perlis and Penang.

Azrul said so far, there are 51 battery exchange cabinets operated by manufacturers registered under MARiiCas.

"However, we also welcome cooperation opportunities to provide more battery exchange stations and electric motorcycle charging stations. In addition, MARii is also exploring (tie-ups) with financial institutions such as Bank Rakyat and Bank Muamalat,” he said.

He said the collaboration opens new opportunities for the development of electric motorcycle industry in Malaysia, ensures better accessibility and encourages more people to switch to electric vehicles in the energy transition roadmap for green transportation.

The Madani Rakyat programme which will take place from tomorrow to Sunday at the Kuala Selangor Sports Complex is organised by the Prime Minister’s Office.
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