Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Green car: Mitsubishi to launch i-MiEV in Malaysia this year

Aimed at environmentally-aware people and companies, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) plans to launch its first fully electric car in Malaysia, the i-Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle (i-MiEV), by the end of this year. The company is now in the final stages of market research to determine the vehicle pricing for Malaysia.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV
i-MiEV used in a pilot trial in Langkawi earlier this year. Image:

Unlike hybrid vehicle such as the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight, the i-MiEV is a fully electric car. Mitsubishi Motor Malaysia is targeting sales of 50 units in the early stages.

Since its debut in Japan, the i-MiEV has attracted a lot of attention worldwide, following its introduction in European markets at the end of 2010 and launch in North America at the end of last year.

Brief specifications of the i-MiEV

Model: Mitsubishi i-MiEV
Power: 49 kW (66 BHP)
Torque: 180 Nm, instant.
Top speed: 130 km/h
Travelled distance: 160 km per full charge
Charging time: 8 hours to fully charge
Charger: 230V, regular home socket

Guide price:
Japan pricing for the G and M model - 2.84mil yen and 1.88mil yen (RM108,381 and RM71,745) respectively. Prices after the government subsidy. So, we have some idea of what kind of price range we are expecting for the Malaysia market.

Subsidy for electric vehicles in Japan

In Japan, the government subsidises 50% (and up to 1 million yen) of the price difference between the electric vehicle and a similar class petrol model.

Petrol car price: RM80,000
i-MiEV price: RM92,000
Price difference = RM12,000 and 50% subsidy is RM6,000
Thus, subsidised price = RM92,000 - RM6,000
= RM86,000

Of course, this scenario is only in Japan. Similar or better subsidy plan in Malaysia is welcomed!

Malaysians should be given the opportunity to purchase their own electric vehicle and make the choice for a greener future. Special tax incentive that is more favorable to the general masses should be formulated to encourage the use of such vehicles. As far as we know, presently tax incentives are available only for hybrid vehicles.

Go green!

Data in this article were sourced from Bernama.

1 comment:

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