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EV Road Tax Kicks in 1 January 2026 – Starts at RM40/Year
June 4, 2024 Andrew Cheng

After some delay, the government finally announced the new EV road tax structure for Malaysia. Set to commence on 1 January 2026, the new pricing structure – which is based on the total output of an EV – is quite a bit more affordable than the previous one, which was first announced in 2019.

In fact, starting at only RM40/year (realistically), the new EV road tax structure is even lower than that of ICE cars. The pricing is divided into blocks, and although the price technically starts at RM20 for the lowest tier (1w to 10kW), this figure is unlikely applicable to any EV. After all, some of the most affordable EVs in Malaysia – the BYD Dolphin in Dynamic Standard Range trim and the Neta V – already feature a 70kW motor.

So with that in mind, how much road tax do you have to pay for the base model of the BYD Dolphin and Neta V? Merely RM40/year, which is very reasonable in our opinion. Heck, even premium cars like the recently launched Mercedes-Benz EQE 350+ only need to fork out RM305/year in road tax.

More details on the new EV road tax for Malaysia can be found on Paultan.org, which did a rather elaborate breakdown of the new pricing structure against the previously announced system. To recap, road tax for EVs will only be implemented from 1 January 2026 onwards, so EV owners in Malaysia don’t have to think about paying road tax until then.

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