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  • Not yet a U-turn, but UK pulls handbrake on decision to ban ICE cars by 2030, delays EV transition

    UK’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced yesterday that it will be pulling back from an earlier decision to ban sales of new combustion engine cars by 2030, pushing the deadline back by five years, to 2035. The reason? He needs to keep British voters, many of whom are struggling with, ironically, high electricity cost, happy. The decision to ban combustion engine cars, while criticized by EV lobbyists and - contrary to popular opinion, also by many car companies betting on EVs - has not gone do


    Sep 21, 2023

  • Proton mulls CKD Smart vehicles, emphasizes RM 32 bil investment to turn Tg Malim as EV hub

    Proton signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with China’s Smart Automobile yesterday at the annual 2023 China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) in Nanning. This latest MoA - the second between Proton and Smart following August 2022’s MoA to appoint Proton as Smart’s distributor in Malaysia and Thailand - is to explore local assembly (CKD) of Smart vehicles in Tanjung Malim. “The new MoA between Proton and Smart Automobile brings our collaboration to a new level as now we are talking about assembling Smart mo


    Sep 20, 2023

  • Finally, prices of Smart #1 confirmed - from RM 200k to RM 250k, launch in Q4, by 9 dealers

    Pro-Net (Smart Malaysia) has finally confirmed the price range of its upcoming Smart #1. The imported-from-China (CBU) electric SUV will range from RM 200,000 to RM 250,000, with three variants on offer – Pro, Premium, and Brabus. The final price of each variant, however, will only be announced closer to its launch date in Q4 2023. Prices are on-the-road excluding insurance. Customers can place their bookings by placing a refundable RM 1,000 booking on the Hello Smart app, which is now available


    Sep 19, 2023

  • BYD Atto 3 catches fire while charging in Thailand, local distributor responds

    Yesterday, a BYD Atto 3 caught fire while plugged in to a DC fast charger outside a supermarket in Thailand. The car is still using its temporary red registration plate, which in Thailand, means that the car is less than 6 months old (owners of new cars have a 6-month grace period to register their car). The fire and rescue department came and put out the fire, which originated from the frontal part of the vehicle – where the inverter, coolant piping, 12V auxiliary batttery, and high voltage cab


    Sep 4, 2023

  • To enforce EV-only parking rules at public charging facilities, MoT proposes special number plates

    Minister of Transport Anthony Loke has revealed that the Road Transport Department (JPJ) is exploring various incentives to encourage the purchase electric vehicles (EVs), including the use of special number plates in addition to a revamp of the road tax structure for EVs. “I have also told the Road Transport Department to come up with some other incentive for EV users, such as e-plates for EVs; we can have special number plates for EVs, to differentiate EVs from other vehicles. These are the th


    May 18, 2023

  • Over 1,600 EVs, 3,000 xEVs delivered by BMW Malaysia this year; expands mobile EV charging

    BMW Group Malaysia announced today that over 1,600 units of electric vehicles (EVs) in BMW, MINI & BMW Motorrad EV have been delivered in eight months this year. This far surpasses the total of 1,557 units of BMW & MINI EV delivered by the group in 2022. Hans de Visser, Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia said, “I'm happy to share with all of you that we at BMW are the leading provider of premium electrified vehicles in the country. Surpassing our total deliveries in 2022, over 1600 EVs deli


    Sep 18, 2023

  • One week with the 2023 Ora Good Cat - Is Malaysia ready for the funkiest EV on sale?

    Looking at the Ora Good Cat for the first time, I wondered if this Chinese-built (CBU) electric car is a fashion statement hopping on the whole EV wave that’s spreading all over the world or is it one that you can live with even after all that hype? There’s no denying that EVs are becoming so important in the automotive industry that policymakers are siding with the assumingly “cleaner and greener” way of motoring. Many carmakers have pledged to shift their focus to EVs by the end of the decade

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    Sep 16, 2023

  • Reinventing a classic, the Honda Motocompacto e-Scooter will fold to fit in your Honda City

    Iconised in the Japanese anime “You’re Under Arrest,” the classic Honda Motocompo folding scooter from the '80s has been reinvented for the modern era with electrification and could very well be folded to fit in your current Honda City Hatchback. Dubbed the Honda Motocompacto, the all-electric folding scooter is shaped to be a fun-to-ride “first and last mile” solution to address the new demands and realities of modern urban mobility. Also Read: The missing link – The forgotten second-gen Honda


    Sep 15, 2023

  • From RM 219k, two new variants for 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 in Malaysia - RWD Lite & Plus

    Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has announced the expansion of the Hyundai Ioniq 6 lineup in Malaysia, introducing two new variants: the Lite and Plus. The Ioniq 6 range in Malaysia now starts at RM 219,888 for the Lite RWD, and RM 249,888 for the Plus RWD, complementing the existing Max variants. Here a quick overview of the Hyundai Ioniq 6's range in Malaysia: Ioniq 6 Lite RWD - RM 219,888 Ioniq 6 Plus RWD - RM 249,888 Ioniq 6 Max RWD - RM 289,888 Ioniq 6 Max AWD - RM 319,888 Exterior wise, b


    Sep 15, 2023

  • BMW Malaysia invites you to experience its Forwardism journey in electric mobility this 23-24 September 2023

    Forwardism – defined not by Merriam Webster but by BMW as “the joy of seeing and feeling the future before it’s been created and continually challenging convention.” Sometimes, when you’re pushing the boundaries of something never done before, the word for it probably doesn’t exist… yet so BMW created their own. Apart from some of the best driving machines, BMW Group Malaysia has also been championing going beyond conventional norms by embracing the future of innovation as part of their journey.


    Sep 15, 2023

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