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Watch: First look at Perodua Myvi BEV being driven? Revealed to road legal, insurable

Hans · May 30, 2024 03:18 PM

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The Perodua Emo-1, the first working prototype previewing an all-electric drivetrain for a battery EV (BEV) variant of the next generation Perodua Myvi. It will be launched in Malaysia by the end of 2025, with a price tag of under RM 100,000.

Although it made its public debut as a working prototype, the public never got to see the Perodua Emo-1 being driven. Thanks to a LinkedIn post by Perodua’s Deputy General Manager for electric powertrain, Mr. Hasrol Hashim, we now get to see glimpses of the electric Myvi, silently exiting the exhibition hall of the recently concluded Malaysia Auto Show.

The video was brief, devoid of any fancy editing. It’s a perfect representation of how the people at Perodua work – they don’t talk much; they deliver what they say they will deliver, according to the schedule that they’ve committed to; they prefer to let their products and voices of customers to speak on their behalf.

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Typical of Perodua, the actual achievement was later found to be greater than what they told the public.

Hasrol revealed that Perodua Emo-1 has already obtained the necessary safety certifications from Australia. Specifically, compliance with Australian Conversion Regulation NCOP14. This was not shared with the local press during the Emo-1’s unveiling.

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The certification means that if Perodua wants to, this particular unit, despite being technically a prototype, can be registered and insured for use in Australia, with the digital side-view mirrors intact.

Why Australia? Does it mean that Perodua is exporting to Australia?

We don’t think one should read too deeply into it. The Australian certification exercise was probably just part of Perodua’s learning process because no Southeast Asian country has a well-developed regulatory structure to govern ICE-to-BEV conversion.

Australian regulations are the toughest in the Asia-Ocenia region, but at the same time, they are also the most open to all types of conversions, so long as they stand up to rigorous technical assessments. This openness create a lot of business for independent workshops, while maintaining safety standards.

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Australian mining companies are big customers for ICE-to-BEV conversions. This converted Toyota Land Cruiser BEV is modified for use deep inside a mine, where combustion engines are dangerous

Apart from ICE-to-BEV conversions, Australia also has many independent workshops that convert imported left-hand drive American trucks to right-hand drive. Some of these workshops are recognized by Ford and GM, who outsource work to them. RMA is contracted to convert the Ford F-150, while Walkinshaw has the contract for Chevrolet Silverado.

Malaysia’s JPJ currently doesn’t allow conversion of ICE-powered vehicles to BEVs, because the necessary process to verify a converted vehicle’s road worthiness and safety is not yet established.

By putting themselves through the Australian certification exercise, Perodua will be in a better position to cooperate with JPJ in drafting up reasonable measures to be taken.

A little snippet we learned from Perodua is that to accelerate Malaysia’s transition towards BEVs, the company is drafting a Body Engineering Manual for ICE-to-BEV conversions.

In theory, the process established by Perodua can create a new business opportunity for many independent workshops, just like Australia.

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Although Malaysia a hot spot for imported BEVs, especially Chinese ones, the regulations surrounding BEVs are extremely weak, thus limiting opportunities for secondary businesses within the BEV ecosystem.

Malaysia has no regulations to compel manufacturers to be responsible for recycling discarded high voltage batteries, no guidelines / minimum standards governing third-party repairs on high voltage components (including batteries). Even the most basic of local motor vehicle regulations – the road tax rate for BEVs – are still unclear.

Perodua could’ve easily complained to the government about why they are being asked to deliver a BEV by end-2025 when the basic regulations and supporting policies are not even there. Even Perodua’s ‘teacher’ Daihatsu, had nothing useful to offer.

Instead of choosing negativity, Perodua embraced the ambiguity, put their name on the line, and encouraged policymakers to learn together with them.

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From left: President and CEO Dato’ Sri Zainal Abidin Ahmad, Chief Engineer Puan Jehan Adnan

Perodua’s President and CEO Dato’ Sri Zainal Abidin Ahmad has said that as national carmaker, Perodua’s responsibilities include not just building a BEV, but establishing the entire BEV supply chain in Malaysia, covering end-to-end, until recycling of hazardous materials.

Since this project is done independently Daihatsu, Perodua has to start from zero. Chief engineer Pn. Jehan Adnan said during the Emo-1’s unveiling, “The problem is we don’t have the guidance, we don’t have the internal benchmark data, because all this while we were mainly with ICE.”

“When I say ground zero, I mean it, literally from zero,” she added.

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Emo-2 will likely combine the Emo-1's powertrain with this design

The Emo-1 will be followed up by the Emo-2 later this year. The next Emo iteration will most likely combine the powertrain showcased in Emo-1, with the design previewed in the original Emo concept presented in May 2023.

In total, there will be four Emo (Electric, mobility, online) concepts, including the scale model Emo design concept in 2023, each bringing us one step closer to the production car that will launch in end-2025. Perodua is also mulling the construction of third factory, referred to internally as the BEV factory.

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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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