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Next gen Perodua Myvi BEV to launch by end-2025, priced between RM 50k - RM 100k

Hans · May 21, 2024 03:09 PM

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What you see here is not the next generation fully electric Perodua Myvi, but a working prototype showing the first iteration (emo-1) of Perodua’s upcoming battery electric vehicle (BEV).

There will be at least three more iterations (culminating with emo-4), each better than the last, building up to an eventual series production model that will be launched by the end of 2025.

Like the current generation Perodua Myvi, this Perodua emo-1 concept is developed independently by Perodua and is not based on any existing product from its technical partner Daihatsu, which doesn’t have any BEV model that’s not a kei minivehicle.

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Building a BEV is easy. Major hardware is limited only to battery, motor, inverter, power control electronics, and high voltage cabling – all of which can be easily purchased, at very low prices, especially from mainland Chinese vendors.

If the goal is to build a BEV, Perodua can easily do it within the next three months.

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But as a Malaysian company that has benefited greatly from favourable industrial policies to promote local manufacturing, Perodua has a ‘national service’ duty to grow the local vendor ecosystems.

The hard part about building a BEV is not putting the car together. It’s establishing a local parts supply chain that support a Malaysia-developed BEV.

Perodua isn’t just stopping there. It is establishing the processes in recovery and recycling of used batteries. Currently, BMW Group Malaysia is the only manufacturer to have a truly green end-to-end lifecycle 

Car ownership cycles among Malaysians are very different from mainland China, where first owners in big cities typically dispose their BEVs after two or three years. As such, Perodua cannot build cars the way the Chinese do. A Malaysian approach is necessary.

Perodua did not reveal much (keeping in mind that this is still the first iteration prototype), but said that common concerns like protecting resale value, easy replicability of the battery pack, and ease of charging even for those living in high rise buildings, will be sufficiently addressed.

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When asked if Perodua is looking into battery swapping, President and CEO Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin said the plan is for the battery pack to be replaceable at a Perodua service centre in just 30 minutes, but it won’t be a battery swap service. Rental / leasing of battery packs, however, is not ruled out.

Even though this is just the first iteration of a working prototype, there are plenty of interesting details that shows the depth of Perodua’s thinking, to build a BEV that’s more suitable to needs of Malaysians.

For example, most BEVs have a floor-mounted battery pack, which raises the cabin floor’s height, forcing occupants in the rear to sit in a slightly crouching position. To keep compensate for the thicker floor, the rear seats of many BEVs often have very thin padding. The uncomfortable rear is less of an issue in China, where high-speed trains are the preferred mode of transport for long distance travels. The private car is used mainly for short distance travel.

In Malaysia, the Perodua Myvi is often the primary mode of transport for most middle-class families.

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To create a more comfortable seating position for rear occupants, Perodua is developing a novel H-pattern battery pack, split into two sections, with a hollow footwell area. The donor car’s floorpan has also been re-engineered to create a higher hip point – for a more natural seating posture - while maintaining a 150 mm ground clearance.

The unique battery design can only accommodate 4 seats inside, but as mentioned earlier, this is only the first iteration of a working prototype. The goal is of course, to maintain all the practicalities the Myvi is famous for.

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The target is to deliver a 400 km driving range, with a top speed of over 150 km/h, and a sub-9 seconds acceleration time – not too different from a regular Perodua Myvi.

The target price? Between RM 50,000 and RM 100,000.

More on the target specifications of the Perodua Myvi BEV can be found here.

Hans

Head of Content

Over 15 years of experience in automotive, from product planning, to market research, to print and digital media. Garages a 6-cylinder manual RWD but buses to work.

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