Premier calls on association to explore recycling, extending lithium-ion battery life

Abang Johari taking a look inside one of the EV models at the EV-FY Sarawak held at the Sarawak State Library today (Jan 31, 2023).

By Yee Mei

KUCHING, Jan 31: Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg has called upon the Malaysian Association of Malay Vehicle Importers and Traders (Pekema) to explore the potential of extending (the cycle of) and recycling lithium-ion batteries.

He said this during his speech at the Pekema/SEDC Energy EV (electric vehicle) Adoption Event (EV-FY Sarawak) at the Sarawak State Library today.

“I’m not a scientist, but batteries have an average cycle of five years, and maybe it can be extended or renewed to 10 years? This is what Pekema can look into, as well as how to dispose of lithium-ion batteries properly, as it contains elements that are not environmentally friendly.

“All car companies are now exploring how to recycle lithium-ion batteries so they won’t become waste that can threaten the environment. So I think this is something Pekema can look into,” he said.

Earlier, he touched on his working visit to Singapore with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim yesterday (Jan 30), where discussions on green energy and digitalisation were held.

“Our PM (Anwar) said Sarawak is more advanced in this — kalah KL (KL loses to Sarawak).

“What I’m saying is that we have to explore new areas where we can contribute to the development of our economy.

“Pekema, you are on the right track with our Post Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030,” he said. — DayakDaily