Energy-efficient vehicles (EEVs) are becoming a significant emerging cluster in Malaysia, giving rise to new jobs with better pay in the automotive sector, according the to UK-based Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).
IMI South-East Asia Senior Manager Matthew Stuart said the rise of EEVs in Malaysia and the various incentives offered for vehicles with EEV status are spurring demand for automotive workers with EEV skills.
“While the skill sets of those trained to work on conventional cars will continue to be important and necessary, automotive workers need to evolve their competencies in handling EEVs as we see more of these in the market and on the road,” he said in a statement today.
Recently, Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (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 from Toyota, Honda and Lexus continue to receive good response from the market.
“If the growth in this industry accelerates, so will job creation in occupations related to this industry,” Stuart said.