Last year, it was reported that the Melaka state government received a proposal from an international company that is interested in setting the first electric vehicle (EV) assembly plant of Malaysia, in Melaka. On Tuesday (4 January 2022), Bernama reported that Melaka will receive an RM1 billion investment from Bumiputera company, Fieldman EV Sdn Bhd to develop the country’s first electric car assembly plant.
Fieldman EV’s EV assembly plant in Melaka
According to Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali, the plant will be constructed on a 200-hectare land at the Elkay Lipat Kajang Industrial Area in Jasin.
Fieldman EV also obtained exclusive rights to distribute EVs in Malaysia and the Southeast Asian regional market for right-hand drive vehicles from China’s automotive company, Changan Automobile Corp.
He also told reporters at Kompleks Seri Negeri in Ayer Keroh that Fieldman EV intends to launch EVs and is interested to build an assembly plant in Melaka, together with local companies by utilising Changan’s technology.
The state government welcomes this cooperation which will provide long-term benefits by further strengthening the development of the automotive industry in Melaka.Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali
In an earlier event, Fieldman EV’s executive director Razmi Shah Othman handed over an electric car and electric rickshaw to the state government.
Job opportunities in the automotive industry
According to Sulaiman, the factory would provide 5,000 new job opportunities as well as create a downstream industry among the local automotive industry.
He also believes that the plant would enable the transfer of EV technology. This is expected to further boost Melaka’s economy.
Meanwhile, Fieldman Sdn Bhd was set up in 2018 to hunt for renewable energy resources that can be brought into Malaysia.
The company has made a long-term plan (2018-2026) to spearhead the development of electric car technology and assembly in Melaka.