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Malaysia’s solo EV technician

A stock photo of an electric vehicle charging station. PHOTO: ENVATO

PETALING JAYA (ANN/THE STAR) – In a revelation made during a session at the Dewan Rakyat, Human Resource Minister V Sivakumar disclosed a stark reality: currently, only a single individual in the country possesses the qualifications required to install and maintain electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

This alarming scarcity of certified professionals can be attributed to the recent introduction of certification courses under the National Occupational Skills Standards (NOSS).

“Under the diagnostics and repairs for electric vehicles programme (battery), there are eight certificate holders.

“The charging station installation and maintenance programme for EVs has only one certificate holder.

“The electric and hybrid vehicle service programme has 82 certificate holders,” said Sivakumar in a Parliamentary written reply dated Oct 13.

Sivakumar was responding to Tenggara MP Manndzri Nasib, who asked about the number of individuals who are certificate and diploma holders in fields such as Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) diagnostic and rectification, electric and hybrid car servicing, as well as charging station maintenance and installation.

Sivakumar said the programmes under the purview of the National Occupational Skills Standards (NOSS), were only introduced recently.

“The ministry hopes there will be an increase in the number of graduates skilled in this field in future, through various initiatives carried out, which include promotional activities, Madani TVET carnival, skills competition and among others.

Last month, Putrajaya said it aimed to install 10,000 EV stations by 2025.

Presently, there are merely 1,246 charging stations across the country.