KUALA LUMPUR: China’s technology giant Huawei, via its Malaysian unit Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, will help Apollo EV Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Apollo) to develop new energy vehicles (NEVs).
Huawei Malaysia said it had entered into a memorandum of understanding with Apollo to harness the expertise of both parties in growing the nation’s electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem.
The collaboration will see Apollo take on the role of automobile distributor and undertake the marketing promotion strategy of the solar-storage-EV solutions of Apollo NEVs.
Huawei Malaysia will be the technology provider of Huawei Digital Power solutions, including, but not limited to, supplying EV charging, residential solar and storage solutions.
Apollo EV Malaysia chief executive officer Chris Yen Ge is bullish about EV in Malaysia.
Yen said the government’s strong initiative and efforts to work towards setting up 10,000 EV charging stations by 2025 under the Low Carbon Mobility Blueprint 2021-2030 (LCMB) was a great opportunity for Apollo.
“We look forward to collaborating with Huawei to bring exceptional EV driving experiences through making charging stations more accessible to consumers, which would then in turn boost consumers’ confidence in the adoption of EVs,” he said.
Huawei Malaysia digital power business development director Jeremy Zou Xue Liang said the MoU aimed to build a partner ecosystem to increase awareness of e-Mobility.
Zou said this would mark an opportunity to cater to the surge of EV demand in the country by supplying NEVs alongside other green energy related solutions.
“We are overjoyed that the Finance Minister, in his speech during the tabling of the 2023 Budget, announced that the current import duty and excise duty exemptions for EVs will be extended until December 31, 2024,” he said.
Zou said as consumer demand for NEVs was projected to pick up in the coming years, the runway was now clear and solid for companies in the automobile sector like Apollo EV and technology providers like Huawei to have a proper lift-off.
This ultimately will benefit many stakeholders, especially the government and the public at large.
“Huawei is always open to collaborate with partners to build a holistic ecosystem on e-Mobility, with the ultimate goal of improving the driving experience of end-users,” he added.