New Straits Times - - Cars Bikes & Trucks - VESPA’S SIX-MONTHS FREE PETROL OF­FER al­ter­na­tive to driv­ing a car while main­tain­ing the spirit of style and ad­ven­ture,” said Farouk Faisal, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of Naza Premira. PETROL STA­TIONS, CA­SU­ALTY OF PRICE WARS? jobs or busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties f

ARMAN AH­MAD cbt@nst. com. my

CRUDE oil prices may be tum­bling again in the world mar­kets, but Malaysian pump prices are still hov­er­ing on the high side, with RON95 at RM2.30 and diesel at RM2.20 per litre.

Nat­u­rally, the head­lines are filled with re­lated news sto­ries. From free petrol for new Vespa own­ers to elec­tric charge points this week is all about that pre­cious com­mod­ity.

If the petrol price volatil­ity is caus­ing you sleep­less nights, Vespa may have a so­lu­tion to help you get a sounder sleep.

It has an­nounced that the Sprint 150 ABS and Pri­mav­era 150 ABS mod­els will come with six months of free petrol upon pur­chase. The of­fer is valid dur­ing the “Vespa, Why Drive? Let’s Ride” cam­paign, which ends on June 30.

“In the pre­vail­ing con­di­tion of ris­ing fuel costs, tolls and park­ing charges, we are pro­mot­ing the idea of rid­ing a Vespa to work as an

On Mon­day, Petrol Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia (PDAM) said it planned to hold talks with the gov­ern­ment on is­sues con­cern­ing fuel ceil­ing prices.

Its pres­i­dent, Datuk Khairul An­war said they were agree­able to the new weekly price an­nounce­ments, but dis­agreed with the Do­mes­tic Trade, Co­op­er­a­tives and Con­sumerism Min­istry’s plan to in­tro­duce ceil­ing prices for petrol.

He said a pol­icy change would re­sult in not hav­ing stan­dard­ised fuel prices, which would lead to un­healthy busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties and price wars.

“When the mar­gin shrinks, there will be no profit. There­fore, a lot of op­er­a­tors would go out of busi­ness and there would be no

If the price wars don’t get them, the pro­lif­er­a­tion of elec­tric ve­hi­cles may change the na­ture of petrol sta­tions for­ever.

This week, Petronas un­veiled plans for ChargEV points at 66 sta­tions na­tion­wide, herald­ing a new era of elec­tric charg­ing at your favourite gas stop.

It is a seis­mic shift in func­tion of the com­mon petrol sta­tion, but one that may help pro­pel its rel­e­vance into the long-term fu­ture.

The move is the re­sult of GreenTech Malaysia’s part­ner­ship with Petronas Da­gan­gan (PDB) for the in­stal­la­tion of ChargEV charg­ing sta­tions.

You will need to get a ChargEV card in or­der to use these charg­ers.

The gov­ern­ment plans to de­ploy 100,000 elec­tric cars, 100,000 scoot­ers and 2,000 buses by 2030, said En­ergy, Green Tech­nol­ogy and Wa­ter Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Max­imus Johnity Ongk­ili.

It will have a lot of work ahead be­cause right now, there are fewer than 200 charg­ers na­tion­wide and to sup­port the large fleet of elec­tric ve­hi­cles, around 25,000 charg­ing sta­tions would be needed.

If the plan suc­ceeds, petrol price woes may be­come a part of history.

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