Following the handover of the Electric Vehicle Charging System (EVCS) licence for Gentari’s new EV charging hubs at X Park Sunway Serene and Bangi Golf Resort, the Energy Commission said all charge point operators (CPO) in Malaysia are required to obtain an EVCS licence by 31st March 2023. This includes not just new EV charging sites but also existing public EV chargers as well.
The commission said the EVCS installation licence must be applied to ensure that the charging system is standardised and safe throughout the country. The requirement is in line with the provisions of Section 9(1)(b) of the Electricity Supply Act 1990 (Amendment 2015) [Act A1501], which states that licences shall be issued to CPOs conducting electricity supply activities for commercial purposes for 10 years, depending on the installation location. However, it clarified that the scope of the licencing only covers safety and technical aspects, and it does not include regulatory economic policy.
According to the Energy Commission’s guidelines, operators have to pay a RM100 processing fee per application and the licence is calculated at RM0.44 per kW (minimum RM100). The licence has a tenure of 10 years, which is subject to annual fee payment.
The Energy Commission said any CPO that carries out EVCS installations without a valid licence is committing an offence and may be prosecuted under Section 35(5) of the Electricity Supply Act 1990 [Act 447].
Besides setting safety standards and specifications for EV charging, the EVCS licence enables EV charging operators to charge EV charging by kWh instead of time. This allows more equitable and fair pricing for consumers as the actual EV charging rate fluctuates according to the state of charge and it varies depending on the maximum input of the respective EVs. In a nutshell, EV owners will pay for electricity utilised rather than parking time.
The EV charging hub at X Park Sunway Serene, is the first to offer kWh-based pricing with 350kW DC chargers costing RM1.20 per kWh and 180kW DC chargers costing RM1.00 per kWh. Meanwhile, the slower AC chargers are priced at RM0.55 per kWh.
The new Bangi Golf Club EV hub charges RM1.00 per kWh for both Kempower dynamic power sharing and dedicated 120kW DC chargers. The AC chargers are priced at RM0.55 per kWh. For those travelling down south, the charging hub at Petronas Bandar Baru Ayer Hitam is also charging RM1.00 per kWh for DC charging and RM0.55 per kWh for AC charging.
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