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China’s battery giant CATL claims 2 million km electric car battery ready

CATL has announced that it is ready to produce an electric car battery with a battery lifespan of a million miles or approximately 2,000,000 km and 16 years. To put it into context, current electric cars have warranties that last up to 240,000 km. Although current electric car batteries are predicted to last from 10 to 20 years, the warranty period is usually about 8 years.BAIC EU260 utilises CATL's Li-ion batteryIn February 2020, CATL and Tesla confirmed a partnership from July 2020 to June

Arif

Arif

Jun 10, 2020

How to choose the right 12V battery for your car?

If you drive an automatic car, it is impossible to push start the car. Your only option in case of a flat battery is to jump start the car and get a battery replacement ASAP. A weak car battery has obvious tell-tale signs like a slow crank and dim lights.Changing a car battery is a simple task, but if you don’t know what you’re doing, there’s still a high chance of screwing things up.Not the kind of push-start you want. PhotoIf you have absolutely no experience in replacin

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Arif

Oct 9, 2020

2021 MG EP budget electric car revealed in Thailand, prices to be announced on 1-Dec

An affordable electric car is set to launch in Thailand this December. Revealed today, the MG EP electric station wagon aims to be the benchmark for electric cars in Thailand with the following key elements: Dimension Comfort and safety Powerful performance Low cost of ownershipWhile most electric cars have always seemed inaccessible to the masses, the MG EP aims to change this. Making an affordable electric car available in Thailand in well in-line with the Thai government’s 2030 electrif

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Arif

Nov 26, 2020

MAA: Car prices confirmed to increase after December 31, 2020

The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has confirmed that new car prices are set to increase after December 31, 2020.Its president, Datuk Aishah Ahmad has confirmed that the updated Open Market Value (OMV) calculations will bump car prices up, between 0-20%, depending on model.She told reporters, “Any increase in OTR prices would be fully absorbed or exempted by the MoF for this year and the difference in duties for past years will also be exempted.”She also said that the increas

Eric

Eric

Jan 22, 2020

No further increase in 2021 car prices, government cancels plan to revise OMV

Malaysia Automotive Association (MAA) has confirmed that the earlier announced plan by the (previous) government to revise existing Open Market Value (OMV) calculations for new cars, which could raise new car prices by up to 20 percent, has been shelved for good.Car buyers, dealers and manufacturers can now take a breather, as there won’t be any increase in new car prices for 2021, apart from re-instatement of 10 percent Sales tax starting 1-Jan 2021, which has always been the plan anyway

Hans

Hans

Dec 28, 2020

Ringgit forecasted to weaken further in 2020, higher car prices ahead?

2019 hasn’t been a good year for the Malaysian Ringgit as it is now among the poorest performing currencies in the Asian region. The Ringgit is currently trading at around RM4.15 to 1 US Dollar. Five years ago, it was trading around RM 3.20 for most of 2014, before depreciating rapidly towards the end of 2015, and it has never recovered since.Forecasts by Fitch Solutions Macro Research group say that the Ringgit is expected to weaken further to RM4.25 to 1 US Dollar in 2020, before rebound

Hans

Hans

Dec 20, 2019

No 10% drop in car prices despite 10% Sales Tax exemption, here’s why

As you already know, the government has announced that all new locally-assembled (CKD) passenger cars will be exempted from paying the 10 percent sales tax starting 15-June until 31-December. Imported new cars will be given a 50 percent discount on sales tax, meaning that sales tax is still applicable, but at a lower 5 percent rate.However, this doesn’t mean that the prices of new CKD cars will drop by 10 percent.Most cars only saw a reduction of between 3 to 6 percent. Why is that so?The

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Hans

Jun 17, 2020

Volvo Car Malaysia extends hybrid battery warranty to 8 years or 160,000 km, free of charge

Volvo Car Malaysia has announced an extension of the warranty for its PHEV range to 8 years or 160,000 km (whichever comes first), now covering models registered after 3-December 2015.Earlier this year, the extended warranty was only offered for Volvo cars registered from 1 January 2020 onwards. Volvo Malaysia has now decided to offer the extend warranty for its PHEV range that were purchased since the launch of the Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV on 3 December 2015.Nalin Jain, Managing Director of Volvo C

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Arif

Dec 21, 2020

Battery giant CATL plans USD 5 bil  investment in Indonesia, lithium-ion battery production to start in 2024

CATL, the Chinese battery giant, plans to invest 5 billion USD in Indonesia for a lithium-ion battery plant.The Edge Market reports that the target is for the lithium-ion battery plant to start production in 2024. This information was conveyed by Deputy Minister Septian Hario Seto in a virtual briefing.CATL has signed an agreement with Indonesia to ensure that 60% of the nickel will be processed in Indonesia, and not abroad.Indonesia’s large reserve of nickel has attracted many investors i

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Arif

Dec 16, 2020

Car prices to go up by 15 to 25 percent after Chinese New Year.

Earlier this week, The Star published an article “Locally assembled cars may cost more.” The article claims that prices of locally-assembled (CKD) cars will cost more due to potential restructuring in tax structures.Yes, the claim mentioned by the English daily is true. WapCar’s own sources within the automotive industry have also confirmed the claim.The reason behind the increase in prices is due to two factors: Withdrawal of EEV incentives and changes in Open Market

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Hans

Jan 15, 2020

BEVs with high battery capacity are not as environmentally friendly as you think says Mazda

In today’s trend of tightening emission regulations which require carmakers to lower their average fleet CO2 emissions, the easiest way to bring down that average is through zero-emission vehicles such as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) or battery electric vehicles (BEV).It’s easier to get consumers to switch to PHEVs because it’s still a familiar machine to them as the main source of propulsion is still from an internal combustion engine (ICE).BEVs, on the other h

Adrian Chia

Adrian Chia

Nov 1, 2019

BMW opens battery plant in Thailand, to offer cheaper plug-in hybrids to Thai buyers

Thailand car buyers can look forward to cheaper BMW plug-in hybrid models with the opening of BMW’s first high voltage battery plant in Asia outside of China.The THB 500 million plant is operated in partnership with battery supplier Draxlmaier Group and is located at WHA Chonburi Industrial Estate 2. It is equipped to assemble the latest generation (Gen4) of the BMW Group’s high-voltage batteries, not just the casing but the battery modules as well.Final batteries are then transporte

Hans

Hans

Sep 17, 2019

How to start the Engine if the smart key battery is dead?

Just like a smartphone, smart Key Fob is something we can't do without. It's almost a magic until it ran out of power someday. Fun Fact: Every automaker makes provision for owners whose key fob battery is running out of juice. You can either check out the owner's manual or google the backup method according to the model.Here's one simple hack that can free you from flipping through the tedious owner manual and start the engine at the same time.1st Step: Open the doorA tried-

Wilson

Wilson

Aug 30, 2019

Volvo cars now get 8-Year hybrid battery warranty at no extra charge

From 1 January 2020 onwards, all Volvo plug-in hybrids sold in Malaysia will be covered with an 8-Year warranty for the hybrid batteries with no extra charge.Volvo Car Malaysia (VCM) is now the leader in hybrid battery warranty coverage for PHEVs in the premium segment. BMW Malaysia and Mercedes-Benz Malaysia offer 6-Years/100,000 km warranty for their hybrid battery.According to Marketing and PR Director of VCM, Akhtar Sulaiman, this is their assurance to customers on Volvo’s electri

Adrian Chia

Adrian Chia

Jan 23, 2020

Starting your car's engine and idling is not enough to charge the 12V battery

Malaysia is now into its sixth week of the Movement Control Order (MCO) triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic. This also means that many cars have been left parked for an extended period of time.To be clear, leaving a car parked for an extended period of time won’t damage your car. It’s not unusual for new cars to be parked at a dealer’s lot for months before it is sold. My own 36-year old classic is driven only about once a month but it starts at the first crank every single time

Hans

Hans

Apr 28, 2020

Honda opens Malaysia’s first hybrid vehicle battery assembly plant, for 2020 Honda City RS

Honda Malaysia has opened Malaysia’s first high voltage battery assembly plant in Melaka, to support the world debut of the first ever Honda City RS with i-MMD. You can read our review of the City RS here.Production of the full-hybrid Honda City RS with a two-motor intelligent multi-mode drive (i-MMD) has already begun at Honda Malaysia’s Pegoh plant. It is the fifth Honda hybrid model to be produced there.Assembly of the GP1 Jazz Hybrid (IMA) started in 2012, followed by the GP5 Jaz

Hans

Hans

Sep 25, 2020

LGE denies car prices going up, but also said changes (if any) will be gradual – wait…what?

More than a week after The Star reported that prices of locally-assembled cars will be going up, Minister of Finance Lim Guan Eng have finally gave a reply on the matter, but unfortunately it only served to confuse more than inform.Speaking at yesterday's press conference of the Budget 2020: Government Guarantee Schemes for SMEs, Lim was asked by reporters from the mainstream media (no automotive media were present, as it was a non-automotive related event) to comment on the matter, Lim aske

Hans

Hans

Jan 22, 2020

Perodua: We were not consulted on excise duty change, still studying impact of increase in car prices

Perodua has confirmed that the Malaysian government has revised the excise duty structure for cars in Malaysia, but added that the impact for Perodua will likely be minimal and the company will try its best to not pass any additional cost to buyers.Speaking at a press conference earlier today, President and CEO Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad said, “For Perodua, we have been following all the requirements given by the government, as far as declaration is concerned. At the moment, we are still ev

Hans

Hans

Jan 21, 2020

How much will car prices go up after 31-Dec 2020 – SST returns, don’t forget new OMV

Despite Covid-19, the Malaysian car industry is expected to end 2020 on a reasonably OK note thanks to the temporary suspension/discount on sales tax. After 31-December 2020 however, the 10 percent sales tax will return and this time, it will return with a new Open Market Value (OMV) calculation, which could see car prices increasing by up to 20 percent, more on that later.Malaysia’s Total Industry Volume (TIV) – the industry’s lingo for new car sales – is projected to re

Hans

Hans

Dec 21, 2020

New car prices are going up not just in Malaysia, but also in the US, why so?

You are not the only one who think that cars are getting a little bit too expensive. Malaysians have long complained about high car prices due to our lopsided tax structure but actually, this is a question asked by consumers from all over the world.Data from USA’s Edmunds.com show that the average transaction price for a new car has gone up from USD 23,900 in year 2008 to almost USD 39,000 in 2019, the last available pre-pandemic level data.This flies against conventional logic. You would

Hans

Hans

Jan 20, 2021

We have Petronas, Indonesia now has a gov-owned EV battery company

Indonesia has officially launched the Indonesia Battery Corporation (IBC), a government-owned EV battery company, last Friday. The IBC consists of the following organizations: PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium ANTM (Aneka Tambang Tbk) Pertamina PLN (Perusahaan Listrik Negara)The organizations fall under Indonesias BUMN, which is a collection of state-owned enterprises in Indonesia.Nickel ore processing. Photo: The Jakarta PostCNBC Indonesia reports that IBC will oversee the entire supply chain inclu

Arif

Arif

Mar 29, 2021

2020 Volvo XC60 T8 in Malaysia gets bigger 11.6 kWh battery and new crystal gear knob, price remains

Volvo Malaysia has quietly updated the Volvo XC60 T8 with a larger capacity battery at 11.6 kWh, compared to 10.4 kWh previously, and a newly designed Orrefors crystal gear knob. Apart from those, both the T5 and T8 variants gain a net pocket on the transmission tunnel for the passenger side.The exterior colour lineup has also been revised. Gone are the Maple Brown and Luminous Sand colours, replacing them are Osmium Grey and Bright Silver. Specifications wise, it remains unchanged fro

Shaun

Shaun

Apr 22, 2020

MG Thailand doubles xEV battery production, boost in demand for PHEVs

MG Thailand will double its battery production for PHEVs to serve growing demand in the market.Bangkok Post reports that MG’s manufacturing plant in Chon Buri will ramp the battery production to 700-800 units per month from the current 300-400 units per month.One of the PHEVs sold by MG Thailand is the MG HS PHEV.Also read: New 2021 MG HS PHEV launched in Thailand – Proton X70 rival goes electric!The full-electric MG ZS EV. The doubled battery production is for increasing demand for

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Arif

Mar 23, 2021

New electric Mini Cooper SE coming to Malaysia soon, 217 km battery range only?

Having launched in Thailand back in February this year, the Mini Cooper SE (all-electric) will be coming to Malaysia soon. The Mini Cooper SE is priced at 2,290,000 baht in or approximately RM 310,000. With BMW Malaysia selling the BMW i3s, it would be no surprise then that the Mini Cooper SE becomes available in the Malaysian market.The MINI Cooper SE has a rather small battery capacity in comparison to bigger electric cars like the Audi e-tron 55 Quattro (95 kWh) and the Tesla Model X (10

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Arif

Jul 14, 2020

Confirm no tampered mileages here, Proton launches certified used car website

Proton has launched the Proton Certified Pre-Owned (PCPO) website. It allows customers to browse through current stocks available at selected dealers nationwide as well as quickly trade-in their existing car for great deals on a new Proton model.Proton established a Used Car Management (UCM) division, which was tasked to grow a network of dealers to sell used cars alongside new ones. There are now 36 Proton outlets that feature the PCPO programme.There are several requirements before qualifying

Shaun

Shaun

Nov 12, 2020

BMW 530e plug-in hybrid battery modules can be individually replaced, RM 5k per cell

BMW 5 SeriesOne of the concerns of owning a hybrid vehicle or a fully electric vehicle is the cost of battery replacement. BMW’s solution is to have the high-voltage battery pack with individual modules that can be replaced.In the BMW 530e, there are 6 cell modules. If only one of the modules is needed to be replaced, owners can simply change that one cell module at a cost of RM 5,000 per cell, rather than replacing the entire battery pack.BMW Group Malaysia offers a 6-year/100,000 km warr

Shaun

Shaun

May 8, 2020

BMW Malaysia upgrades hybrid battery warranty to 8-year/160k km, also available for existing owners

BMW Malaysia extends its current PHEV battery warranty programme for BMW and MINI vehicles by an additional 2 years and 60,000 km, bringing the programme to 8 years or 160,000 km, whichever comes first.The new warranty programme applies to the hybrid battery only, the rest of the vehicle is covered by the 5-year unlimited mileage warranty.From now until 31 December 2020, existing BMW PHEV customers are able to purchase the new hybrid battery warranty as an extension for the BMW 330e, X5 xDr

Shaun

Shaun

Jun 2, 2020

Geely to invest almost USD 5 bil for EV battery factory, will Proton benefit from it?

Geely has announced that it will invest 30 billion yuan (4.6 billion USD) to build an EV battery plant in China. The planned production capacity of the factory is 42 GWh/year, similar to Volkswagen’s planned factory in Europe.Geely is now in talks with Farasis Energy for its planned battery production plant. With a 42Gwh/year production capacity, Geely should be able to provide enough batteries for 600,000 electric vehicles per year.The Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric will be reaching Th

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Arif

Mar 17, 2021

Prices for locally assembled Toyota models will maintain, for now

UMW Toyota Motor has announced that prices for locally assembled (CKD) models will not be increased at this time. The CKD models include Yaris, Vios, Rush, Hilux, Fortuner, Innova and Hiace.About a month ago, the Ministry of Finance said that any increase in prices as a result of the new method of Open Market Value (OMV) calculation will be absorbed by the Finance Ministry until 31st December 2020. However, prices are expected to increase next year.As for the fully imported (CBU) model

Shaun

Shaun

Feb 28, 2020

Honda Malaysia Recalled Odyssey and Accord: Problem in Battery Sensor and Door Mirror Component

 Since Accord and Odyssey involving a battery sensor failure and defective door mirror component, the Honda Malaysia has announced a product recall.The battery sensor failure is caused by inaccurate forming on the PCB, which could cause a short circuit, resulting in smoke emitting from the bonnet or in the worst case, a fire. 20,233 units of the Honda Accord models are affected, built between 2013 till 2016.The inconsistent surface treatment of the movable contact area, which located i

Gemma

Gemma

Jul 20, 2019