Sarawak Energy (SEB) yesterday launched its first batch of Nissan Leaf electric vehicles (EV) for the company’s corporate use as part of its sustainable initiatives.
SEB chief executive officer Datuk Torstein Dale Sjotveit said the EVs would play an integral part in the company’s learning curve to showcase the advancement of EV technology and to study its suitability for daily usage in the state.
“There is a rising concern on global warming, and many countries are paying more attention to measures that can help reduce carbon footprints. One of the proactive measures taken was to promote energy efficient vehicles to reduce carbon emissions.
“Our research and development team is in the midst of preparing SEB in the event there is a rise in market demand for this type of vehicles in the near future. Acquiring the Nissan Leaf EVs will enable us to compile necessary data on charging requirements of an EV,” he said when launching the company’s EV Demonstration Project, which was held in conjunction with its Leadership Conference at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) yesterday.
SEB has acquired four Nissan Leaf EVs, of which two were showcased at the launch.
Sjotveit added that the project was in line with Malaysia’s vision to become an energy efficient vehicle hub, where according to the National Automotive Policy (NAP) 2014, around 85 per cent of vehicles produced in the country in 2020 were targeted to be energy efficient.
“Acquiring these EVs mark a key milestone in our research and development initiatives on sustainability. SEB has always striven to incorporate sustainable practices in our operations life-cycle and increasingly into everything else we do.
“This aligns with our vision to achieve sustainable growth and prosperity for Sarawak by meeting the region’s need for reliable renewable energy.”
He also said SEB had gained ground in working towards this vision, having received a number of top accolades at the 6th Sarawak Chief Minister’s Environmental Award (CMEA) 2014 for its facilities and recently training its first team of in-house sustainability protocol assessors.
He said the EVs would complement its headquarters Menara Sarawak Energy, which is also the first green building in East Malaysia.
The EVs, to be driven by its staff, would also be used in SEB’s campaign to support its ‘go green’ initiatives and road safety campaigns.
There will be three charging facilities available for the EVs: SEB headquarters, its transport division at Bintawa, and at Edaran Tan Chong Motor Kuching 3S Centre.
With considerable higher efficiency, EV costs less to run when compared to conventional vehicles based on cost per kilometre basis. These green vehicles’ travelling range exceeds 100km per single charge, which is adequate for daily use.
Commercially available EVs can also travel more than 400km per full charge.
The EVs do not have an exhaust system and do not create any direct pollution or emissions that could contribute to global warming, as long as the electricity used to power it comes from clean and renewable resources.
Sarawak derives more than 70 per cent of its electricity from renewable hydropower and, therefore, presents an ideal condition for EVs.