Strong demand for energy-efficient vehicles, says minister

By BERNAMA | 24 May 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 200,260 energy-efficient vehicles (EEV) were sold last year, making up 34 per cent of the total sales of 591,298 units.

International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said this was an increase of 19 per cent compared to the previous year.

"It is not true that EEV and hybrid cars are not well-received by car buyers," he said at the Dewan Rakyat sitting, here on Monday.

He was replying to a question from Datuk Kamarul Baharin Abbas (PKR-Teluk Kemang) on the incentives given by the government to car buyers to buy EEV and hybrid cars as well as the reason these vehicles were not well-received by the public.

Mustapa said the government's incentive of exemption from import and excise duties had encouraged many companies to introduce their own hybrid models for the local market.

He said to date, the vehicles which have been recognised as EEVs include those from Perodua, Honda, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Nissan and Renault.