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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Oil companies get two years to introduce Euro 4 diesel

The Star, October 19, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: Petroleum companies have been given another one to two years to make Euro 4 diesel available to the public, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha.

He said the petroleum industry was still not ready to make Euro 4 diesel available in the Malaysian market.

“Euro 4 diesel is not requested by the automobile industry,” he told a press conference yesterday after attending the 1st Malaysian-German Sustainable Automotive Mobility Conference here.

Kong (left) taking a closer look at the Proton Exora Reev model at the conference in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

“Many companies like Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz are not bringing in diesel vehicles to the country,” he added.

On how soon Euro 4 diesel, which is more enviroment-friendly, would be made available in Malaysia, Kong said the International Trade and Industry Ministry was looking into it.

Euro emission standards are enforced throughout the European Union, and the higher the standard (meaning lower sulphur content), the lower the emission of pollutants.

On another matter, Kong said infrastructure that allowed electric vehicle owners to change their batteries needed to be set up to encourage the use of such vehicles.

“Making the shift from fuel vehicles to electric vehicles is difficult without such infrastructure.

“It should allow electric vehicle owners to change their battery instead of charging it and the time it takes for them to do it should not be longer than filling up one’s tank,” he added.

However, he said, there was an insufficient number of electric vehicles in the country presently to require the setting up of the infrastructure.


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