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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

Arif

Arif

Oct 9, 2020

Singapore banks push for EVs, property developers to install EV charging points

Following Tesla’s return to Singapore, two banks have shown great initiative in the adoption of electric vehicles.The Business Times reports, that on Monday, OCBC had announced a strategic partnership with Charge+, a Singaporean EV solutions firm.Charge+ aims to install 10,000 EV charging points in Singapore by 2030, in line with the governments target of 60,000 EV charging points. CEO of Charge+, Goh Chee Kiong in an interviewThe partnership intends to encourage property developers (who a

Arif

Arif

Feb 16, 2021

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

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

Driving your car less this MCO? Here's how to keep it running smoothly.

Photo credit: avalonking.comJust like that, we are 2 weeks into MCO 2.0. This most likely means that most of us are working from home, which then means our cars arent driven much. Nevertheless, there are some things you can do to keep your car in tip top condition despite it being underdriven. Here are some pointers that might be useful to keep in mind in this second MCO season. Dont park under treesPhoto credit: avalonking.comYou might think that parking your car under trees is a good idea, sin

Jason

Jason

Feb 14, 2021

How to get Android Auto on any car for just RM 20!

Trust us when we say Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity are make-or-break features when it comes to buying a new car in Malaysia. But not everyone of us can go after a new car in this economic climate, so well show you the next best thing - getting Android Auto to work on the car you already own. I installed a relatively cheap (~RM 300) Android-based touchscreen headunit in my 2003 Toyota Vios, and this guide will help you get Android Auto running on something similar installed in your

Sanjay

Sanjay

Jan 17, 2021

Buying a used car? Here's how to check for unpaid summons

So, you’ve found the used car of your dreams, sent it to your trusted mechanic and even got the green light from Puspakom to transfer to name over to you. But wait, have you checked if the car has any unpaid traffic summons attached to it?Surprisingly, this is a step that most used car buyers would miss on. Excited car buyers will find themselves facing a roadblock when they realise that JPJ will not transfer the car to them as the previous owner has outstanding traffic summons that has ye

Jerrica

Jerrica

Nov 4, 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

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

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

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

Arif

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

Arif

Arif

Dec 16, 2020

South Korea ups electric car subsidies in 2021, but does not help Tesla

South Korea will increase subsidies for electric vehicles in 2021, as part of the Green New Deal initiative from July 2020. The South Korean government will also install 31,500 EV charging stations and 54 hydrogen stations nationwide in 2021.Hyundai Kona ElectricAccording to a report by Pulse, up to 19 million KRW in subsidies will be offered for those who buy an electric car this year. The budget allocated for 121,000 EVs is 1.02 trillion KRW.The subsidy favours cars below 60 million KRW. Sourc

Arif

Arif

Jan 25, 2021

Pros and Cons of installing a roof box or roof rack on your car

A roof box is handy for increasing storage space in in your car. You can install a roof box on your car by yourself, or you can get the shop to do it for you.If youre planning to install a roof box, there are several types of factory-fitted roof mounts: raised rails solid-type rails fixed mounting points no mounting pointsThe Perodua Aruz is equipped with solid-type roof railSome cars come with roof rack mounting points, while some don’t. Having factory-fitted mounting points makes install

Arif

Arif

Mar 6, 2021

Buying used cars: How to test drive a used car?

Buying brand-new cars without test driving them is common, especially when shopping for an econobox. These days, you can learn more about a brand-new car just by browsing the internet.The COVID-19 pandemic has also pushed brands to enhance their respective virtual showrooms. While shopping for a brand-new car can be safely done without a test drive, the same couldn’t be said about used cars.Test driving a brand-new car is meant to impress you with all the bells & whistles and

Arif

Arif

Sep 4, 2020

Attention all Proton X70 owners: You can now install N95 cabin filters in your cars

Proton has officially launched the Proton Intelligent Air Purification System (P-IAPS) as standard equipment in all current Proton X70 models, which is now locally assembled at Proton’s Tanjung Malim plant. They are also offering existing Proton X70 owners the chance to install the N95 cabin filters for just RM 79 (excluding labour charges).Just last week, Proton announced a special update for the 2020 Proton X70 air purifier system with N95 cabin filters. The filter will work in tand

Jerrica

Jerrica

May 12, 2020

How driving through floods can damage your car, and here's how to do it safely

Driving on a rainy day requires extra concentration. The roads are slippery and visibility is lower than usual. Rainy days also create unwanted puddles, which if they’re big enough, can be called floods.Even the mighty can fallYou might have seen some cars wading through water like it’s nothing. You are tempted to do it too, sometimes. After all, water doesn’t get into your engine, right? Well, it depends on how deep the water is, how fast you drive through it, and how well you

Arif

Arif

Oct 29, 2020

Honda Malaysia to produce its 1 millionth CKD car in 2021

Established on 15-November 2000, Honda Malaysia will soon be celebrating its 20th year anniversary in Malaysia.Sales peaked in 2017. After that, the car market contracted has been contracting each year. As of 2019, Honda Malaysia had sold a cumulative total of 928,271 cars since 2001. The majority of the sales were contributed by locally-assembled (CKD) models.600,000th milestone was achieved in 2017We can expect the Pegoh plant to hit its cumulative 1 millionth CKD car milestone within the

Hans

Hans

Oct 7, 2020

What if you could afford a RM600k electric SUV?

If you love the sound of a revving engine, the aroma of gasoline, and shifting your own gears, you might not like where this is going. The Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-Pace, and the Mercedes-Benz EQC, are stuffs of nightmare for the orthodox petrolhead. Not only are the cars crossovers, or “SUVs”, they’re also electric. But some of us are keen on electric cars. So let us ponder...The Audi e-tron 55 Quattro is priced at 74,800 USD, the Jaguar I-Pace at 69,850 USD, the Mercedes-Benz EQC

Arif

Arif

Jun 14, 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

Daihatsu to launch full-hybrid kei car in Japan in 2021, how will this affect Perodua?

Toyota’s compact car specialist subsidiary Daihatsu will launch a new full-hybrid ‘kei’ (mini) car within financial year 2021, reports Japan’s Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun.The business daily also added Daihatsu’s first battery electric vehicle (BEV) will go on sale on year later, in financial year 2022.Daihatsu Move Canbus shownUnlike mild-hybrids, full-hybrids can accelerate from standstill using electric power alone, thus offering a smoother driving experience in stop-go

Hans

Hans

Dec 29, 2020

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

Arif

Arif

Jul 14, 2020

Electric MINI Cooper SE sold out in Australia! How will it do in Malaysia?

MINI Australia has received an overwhelming response on its city electric runabout – the MINI Cooper SE. All 100 units that were pre-ordered by MINI Australia have been sold out without the car being physically seen or driven.Those who wish buy a MINI Cooper SE in Australia now will have to wait until 2021 to get their cars. MINI Australia general manager Brett Waudby says the response was not expected since Australians love big V8s. Hence the small 100-unit pre-or

Arif

Arif

Jul 23, 2020

2 years since the Perodua Myvi came with integrated SmartTag. We’re still jealous…

 If you’ve ever car-pooled with a Perodua Myvi Advance owner you would be left in awe of their ability to go through tolls without needing to lift a finger.The built-in SmartTag reader is the most thoughtful device ever to be included in a car and it has further given the Myvi a huge lead as the best value-for-money car in our market.I know what you’re thinking, when you purchase a SmartTag device, we were given a holder to attach the device to our screens.But the trend of break

Jerrica

Jerrica

Oct 27, 2019

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

Sun damage ruins the resale value of your car, here's how to prevent it

Leaving your car parked under the hot sun seems like a harmless thing to do. What’s the worst that could happen? Just a hot cabin, right? The truth is, the sun can damage your car after extended periods of exposure and this hurts the resale value of your car.Peeled clear coat. Photo: detailxpertsJust like our skin, the car’s paint, rubber parts, and upholstery can only withstand that much sun. Things dry up and age faster when exposed to UV rays. Visible effects of sun damage are: Ox

Arif

Arif

Apr 7, 2021

FAQ: Is auto start-stop bad for your car?

Auto Start-Stop is a feature most of us despise. Cars like the Perodua Myvi and Perodua Bezza have this feature. With its jerky starts, a simple manoeuvre like the three-point-turn feels clumsy and unfamiliar. And with a belt-driven compressor, cool air stops blowing when the feature kicks in. The simple solution for most of us then, is to just turn it off.While some people would rather have sweaty pits to save the environment, the majority couldn’t be arsed to have the engi

Arif

Arif

Jul 5, 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

Arif

Arif

Mar 17, 2021

Why your next car should come with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay

I remember the first time I tried Android Auto – it was back in 2016 with the debut of the all-new tenth-generation Honda Civic. I plugged my phone via USB into the Civic, went through a few confirmation screens on my phone and started Android Auto itself.Android Auto, as how Google envisioned it, is their answer to bridging smartphones and in-car infotainment, allowing drivers to enjoy a tailored Google experience while driving. In case you’re wondering, Android Auto is strictly lim

Eric

Eric

Sep 27, 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