Wednesday, May 7, 2014

CMS consortium to roll out Malaysia’s first EV cars in August

Malaysia's first Electric Vehicle Car Sharing Programme or Cohesive Mobility Solution is expected to be launched officially by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in August.
PUTRAJAYA, May 7
CMS Consortium Sdn Bhd aims to roll out Malaysia’s first Electric Vehicle (EV) Car Sharing Programme or Cohesive Mobility Solution (Comos) in August with about 30-40 units of the vehicles to be placed in selected hot spots in the Klang Valley.
This private-public partnership programme between CMS Consortium, Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) and Malaysian Green Technology Corp will offer Comos as a complete E-Mobility service.
It will done by integrating various parts of the EV ecosystem and value chain including EV charging providers, EV fleet operators, parking management operators and telecommunication network operators.
Comos Executive Chairman Datuk Seri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamad Tahir said after the Klang Valley, it expected to put another 20-30 units of the EV cars in Langkawi by November this year under the first phase.
He said the Comos programme would be moving on to Malacca, Johor Baru and Penang for the second phase and finally throughout Peninsular Malaysia.
Speaking to the media after the soft launch of Comos by the Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed here today, Syed Zainal said with the initial capital of RM5-7 million, the group aimed to grow the EV car fleet to 3,500 units nationwide by 2020.
Asked on the rate for rent of Comos, he said that the discussion was still ongoing, but noted that the fee would slightly be higher than normal taxi charges and it planned to offer weekly and yearly Comos membership programmes.
Earlier in his speech, Mustapa said the EV car sharing programme was the first of such initiatives in Malaysia as well as in Asean and it could help reduce carbon dioxide emissions and the consumption of fuel leading to lower fuel subsidy.
“Car sharing is a form of public transportation hence it is able to reduce the traffic congestion.”
The first of its kind in the region, the Comos programme was expected to be launched officially by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in August.