The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Datuk Seri Dr. Adham Baba today officiated the launch of Campuses for Local Electric Vehicle Expeditious Roll-out (CLEVER) at EDUCity Iskandar Johor.
It is a technology and market validation programme, ideated and spearheaded by NanoMalaysia Berhad (NMB), Malaysia’s agency in nanotechnology and advanced solutions commercialisation to deploy electric vehicle (EV) technologies at selected university campus grounds, participating campuses include EduCity Iskandar (an entity under Khazanah Nasional Berhad), Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, and Universiti Tenaga Nasional.
CLEVER will act as both an innovation and regulatory sandbox, allowing start-ups and other innovators to conduct live experiments in a controlled environment.
There will be 2-wheeler electric rides, battery swapping stations, development of converted internal combustion Engine-to-EV, autonomous system deployment, and off-grid charging using renewable energy implemented on the campuses.
Through this, NMB will facilitate technological developments, set up regulations and amend insurance coverage by collecting user, performance and safety acceptance data before a mass scale investment and deployment to the Malaysian market.
Adham Baba said, “The launch of CLEVER today is in line with MOSTI’s focus on scaling up the development and deployment of local EV solutions supporting the National Automotive Policy 2020’s target of establishing approximately 5,000 EV charging stations to fortify infrastructure support. This will nudge people towards EV ownership and utilisation. The government is committed to solving challenges that hinder the growth of our nation’s EV industry.”