As­tana City pro­poses LPG-pow­ered third na­tional car

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KUALA LUMPUR: As­tana City Group Sdn Bhd (ACG) has pro­posed that the third na­tional car be pow­ered en­tirely by liq­ue­fied petroleum gas (LPG), in­stead of petrol.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Nik Mohd Fa­reez Nik Ah­mad Az­man said this pro­posal had been sub­mit­ted to the In­ter­na­tional Trade and In­dus­try Min­istry last year.

“For ex­am­ple in Ja­pan, the gov­ern­ment has made it com­pul­sory for all its taxis to use LPG as it is more eco­nom­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly.

“LPG can re­duce car­bon emis­sion by up to 20% com­pared with petrol. What we are try­ing to bring to Malaysia is repli­cate the LPGpow­ered car model which has been proven to be suc­cess­ful in Ja­pan and South Korea,” he said af­ter launch­ing the 14kg LPG ACGas com­pos­ite cylin­der here yes­ter­day.

The third na­tional car pro­to­type, of which the in­vest­ment is mostly funded by the ven­dors, is ex­pected to be launched by the first quar­ter of this year.

Nik Mohd Fa­reez said the idea to use LPG for the third na­tional car was the re­sult of the com­pany's strate­gic part­ner­ship with Hyundai BS and E Co Ltd from South Korea and PAP Econ Co Ltd from Thai­land.

Elab­o­rat­ing fur­ther, he said with re­gards to the third car project, ACG planned to es­tab­lish LPG sta­tions na­tion­wide, which would also gen­er­ate new eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for the peo­ple.

The com­pany is cur­rently await­ing feed­back from the gov­ern­ment on its ap­pli­ca­tion to build the sta­tions which was sub­mit­ted in Oc­to­ber last year, he added.

“If the gov­ern­ment ap­proves our ap­pli­ca­tion, we plan to work with Ma­jlis Amanah Rakyat and Petronas in terms of pro­vid­ing the man­power and in open­ing LPG sta­tions,” he said.

ACG is the sev­enth op­er­a­tor in­volved in the mar­ket­ing of LPG in the Malaysian mar­ket and the com­pany is given the LPG han­dling sub­sidy from the Min­istry of Finance in Novem­ber 2018. — Ber­nama

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