PANGKOR ISLAND: To conserve energy at every operating stage and to be as environmentally responsible as possible, a total of 20 chalet operators here are taking the lead in the tourism sector by using eco-friendly electric motorcycles.
Cheaper to run and sturdily built, the new eco-friendly two-wheelers are set to promote the use of green technology when people use the motorcycles while taking stroll on the island.
Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said the environmentally friendly motorcycles emit no carbon dioxide, smoke or noise.
"I would like to say thanks to Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) and the local electric motorcycle manufacturer, Roda Prestasi Sdn Bhd for taking this initiative.
"This is our attempt at minimising air pollution from the use of petrol," he said at a press conference after handing over the electric motorcycles to chalet operators at Arena Pangkor here today.
Present was NCIA chief executive Datuk Redza Rafiq.
Zambry said the batteries of the electric motorcycles could last between three to four days and could go as far as 75km.
"Another 10 electric motorcycles will be given to the other associations here.
“It is our vision that everyone here will own an electric vehicle, leading to a healthier and greener future, and we are very glad to work with NCIA in ensuring that everything is done without polluting the environment,” said Zambry.
Meanwhile, Redza said the aim of the programme was to adopt green vehicles here, in line with the National Green Technology Masterplan to ensure sustainable development and conservation of the environment for future generations.
"We believe that tourists and locals here will be able to enjoy the facilities given.
"This noble initiative also provides opportunities and exposure to the B40 group to become Green Technology entrepreneurs.
"This also shows the government's commitment to help the B40 group to generate additional income," he said adding that more electric motorcycles would be given in stages.
Pangkor Rimba Camp manager Mohd Amirul Mohd Fisol said he was glad that the state government and NCIA introduced such an initiative.
"The motorcycle runs completely on electricity, and there is absolutely zero carbon dioxide and smoke emission," he added. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd
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