Angkasa calls for use of electric vehicles to preserve environment

Kalbana Perimbanayagam

SERDANG: National Malaysian Co-operative (Angkasa) has encouraged the use of electric vehicles that run on renewable energy in order to preserve the environment.

Speaking to reporters after launching a ‘wave the Jalur Gemilang’ programme at Treeletrik Sdn Bhd, an electric vehicle company in Balakong today, Angkasa president Datuk Abdul Fattah Abdullah urged its members to actively take part in innovation and technology doing research and development.

“Recently, Angkasa signed a MOU (Memorandum of Understranding) with Treeletrik to encourage the use of e-bikes, especially within the citry.

“The vehicle which runs fully on electric charge is affordable and convenient for use in housing schemes, campuses and nearby areas like mosques as it is not only cost saving but also environmentally friendly,” he said at Angkasa’s independence day celebration jointly organised with Treeletrik here today.

Abdul Fattah, who is also President of the Asean Cooperative Organisation (ACO), speaking on a recent development related to electric vehicles said Angkasa and the Women’s Co-operative Consortium were working on developing women-only taxis called Pink Taxi using locally produced electrical vehicles.

He said Pink Taxi, suitable for short distance travel, was still in discussion stage pending approval from the relevant bodies.

“If this project succeeds we will be the first country in Asia to have a Pink Taxi service using electric-powered cars.

“The use of renewable energy is the way forward and will take over fuel operated vehicles,” he said, complimenting Treeletrik for its bold step in introducing and encouraging the use of electrical vehicles.

Also present at the event was Treeletrik’s executive director, Datuk Steven Thor and deputy president of Angkasa Datuk Mohamad Ali Hasan.

Treeletrik is a partner of ACO in improving the distribution network for energy-efficient vehicles (EEVs) across Southeast Asia.

Meanwhile, Thor said Treeletrik was a local company established in 2015 and all its products (e-bikes, foodtrucks and cars expected to be launched by end of this year were priced below RM50,000 ) were safe and internationally certified Buatan Malaysia products.

He said the company uses Japan and United States technologies and artificial Intelligence in its electrical vehicle creations produced locally to make sure it was cost efficient and pollution free.

“Eco-friendly vehicles will sooner or later be popular. We need the government’s support to promote and instill awareness about conservation of environment,” he said, adding that Angkasa was one of the main distributors of the electric bikes.

The event also celebrated the winner of a lucky draw held at the Angkasa annual dinner last year, where Datuk Shaharuddin Mohd Sidek, 56 won a T-70 model electric scooter, valued at RM5,000.

Shaharuddin’s son Muhammad Hasiib Shaharuddin, 28, received the scooter on his behalf. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd