Published on October 5th, 2016 | by Subhash Nair0
Increase in Energy-efficient Vehicles (EEV) in Malaysia Fuels Demand for New Talent
Increase in energy-efficient vehicles (EEV) in Malaysia and the various incentives offered for vehicles with EEV status is spurring demand for automotive workers with EEV skills, state UK-based Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).
Recently, Perodua launched the Perodua Bezza, its first EEV sedan produced at its EEV-certified automotive manufacturing plant in Rawang. Other carmakers such as Volvo Car Malaysia and BMW Group Malaysia have also announced new models that have received EEV status, while hybrid vehicles of Toyota, Honda and Lexus continue to receive good response from the market.
Since 2014, the IMI has been working closely with the Malaysian government to provide training support across a network of community colleges, with a particular focus on electric and hybrid vehicles, in line with the nation’s aim to be a regional EEV hub. The Professional Body now has 24 approved training centers in Malaysia, comprising a mix of automotive companies and community colleges, including the Kepala Batas Community College’s Technology Centre for Hybrid and Electric Vehicle and the Pekan Community College.
Since being recognized as an IMI Approved Centre in 2014, the Kepala Batas Community College has equipped more than 230 EEV candidates with IMI’s international qualifications in Electrically Propelled Vehicle Hazard Management, Routine Maintenance Activities on Electrically Propelled Vehicles and Electrically Propelled Vehicle Repair and Replacement. All the EEV-trained candidates are gainfully employed at EEV plants and service centers and garnering good salaries.