Finally an affordable EV for Malaysians? Chery aims to launch RM 55k EV in 2022

Eric · Dec 8, 2021 02:08 PM

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  • RM 55k EV for Malaysians in the pipeline
  • Chery Tiggo 4 Pro on the cards
  • CKD operations mulled

Following the Malaysian government’s Budget 2022 announcement for tax incentives for electric vehicles (EVs), many manufacturers have jumped onto the bandwagon, announcing a slew of EVs for the country.

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Interestingly, one such manufacturer is Chery, who announced that they have plans to introduce the Chery EQ1 in Malaysia next year.

Also Read: Budget 2022: Zero tax for BEVs, zero road tax too, with RM 2.5k income tax rebates

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Speaking to CarSifu.my, a Chery International spokesperson said, "The eQ1 (known as the Chery small ant in China) is the sales champion in the micro BEV segment. We will do our best to bring this model into Malaysia."

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In China, the Chery EQ1 is priced between CNY 66,900 to CNY 82,900 (~RM 44k to RM 55k).

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Furthermore, Chery is talking to potential partners in Malaysia to set up local assembly (CKD) operations. "We definitely want CKD operations in Malaysia which will be the base for exports to Asean and other right hand drive markets," said the spokesperson.

Also Read: Chery hints return to Indonesia, coming to Malaysia after that?

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For the uninitiated, Chery offers several variants of the EQ1, with power output ranging between 41 PS and 75 PS, with torque figure is between 120 Nm to 150 Nm.

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Interestingly, the Chery EQ1 is available with two battery types, namely a lithium ion and a lithium iron pack. Driving range varies between 301 km to 408 km, depending on the battery capacity. Unlike fellow micro BEV, the Wuling Mini EV, the EQ1 is quick charge-compatible and it takes 30 minutes to charge from an empty battery to 80 percent.

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Separately, Chery has also mentioned that they are looking to launch the Tiggo 4 Pro in Malaysia, "and perhaps the Tiggo 7 and 8 Pro."

Also Read: Chery returning to Malaysia in Q3 2022 - Jaguar Land Rover tech, rivalling Proton X50 / X70

Eric

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Started from the IT industry but somehow managed to find his way into the automotive industry. If he’s not gaming, he’s constantly tinkering with his daily/weekend car.

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