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Electric motorcycles expected to hit the road soon

Postby admin » Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:46 am

PETALING JAYA: Electric motorcycles are expected to hit Malaysian roads as early as next year once the law is in place.

One manufacturer, Eclimo Sdn Bhd, said its appointed assembler Naza Bikes Sdn Bhd would only begin manufacturing once the guidelines from the Road Transport Department (JPJ) were out.

"We need to know JPJ's requirements for electric motorcycles to be allowed on the road," said its CEO Woo Kok Boon yesterday.

JPJ director-general Datuk Solah Mat Hassan told The Star that all electric vehicles could not be registered until the Road Transport Act 1987 is amended.

He said electric vehicles did not have engine numbers as required under the Act.

"That is why the law is being amended to exempt electric vehicles.

"The Act is awaiting its second reading in Parliament," he said, adding that this would probably take place in the middle of next month.

Woo said knowing the requirements before production began would save time and money.

"This will enable us to assemble a motorcycle that conforms to JPJ's specifications," he said.

The company planned to produce a lithium battery-powered scooter, to be known as Penan, which it claimed would offer a similar performance to a 125cc petrol-powered motorcycle.

Woo expected the motorcycle to be priced slightly above RM10,000.

National motorcycle company Motosikal Dan Enjin Nasional Sdn Bhd (Modenas) also said it was ready to launch its electric motorcycle within the next few months.

Modenas CEO Bastamam Hamzah said its factory in Gurun had the capacity to assemble up to 500 units per month.

"We have received a lot of enquiries from the public about the motorcycle," he said.

Bastaman said the target market would be those who usually travel within 35km to 40km.

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Green motorcycles set to make debut next year

Postby admin » Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:46 am

PETALING JAYA: After years of waiting, Malaysians will get to ride on electric motorcycles or "green bikes" once the machines make their debut next year.

JPJ director-general Datuk Solah Mat Hassan said the Road Transport Act 1987 was being amended to exempt the requirement for the machines to have engine numbers before they can be registered.

Among the features of the "green bike" are:

● The lithium battery-powered machine offers the same performance of a 125cc petrol-powered motorcycle.

● It will be priced slightly above RM10,000.

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Switch to electric bikes to save on maintenance

Postby admin » Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:47 am

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians who want to switch to an eco-friendly two-wheeler can opt for a battery-powered scooter or motorcycle.

Modenas, the national motorcycle manufacturer, will be offering the battery-powered motorcycle, currently referred to as CTRIC. It comes with five batteries to power its 1kw motor.

Modenas chief executive officer Bastaman Hamzah said it would take about three-and-a-half hours to fully charge the motorcycle.

The motorcycle had been put through a rigorous test when the company organised a media test-ride to Gunung Jerai in Gurun, Kedah recently.

According to reports, the motorcycle managed to reach the 1,217m-high mountain with ease.

Another manufacturer, Eclimo Sdn Bhd, will be offering Penan, an electric scooter that uses a rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery pack.

Eclimo Sdn Bhd CEO Woo Kok Boon said the Penan, could travel up to 100 to 120km at an average speed of 50km/h when fully charged.

“It takes about three-and-a-half hours to fully charge the battery.

“The battery can be recycled at the end of its life span of about 100,000km for use in other applications,” he said.

Woo said a special feature of the motorcycle was its braking system which helped to recharge the battery.

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E-bike must meet basic standards

Postby admin » Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:54 am

PETALING JAYA: The electric motorcycle must meet the basic standard dimensions of a petrol-powered motorcycle, including its length and the size of its wheels, for it to be registered with the Road Transport Department (JPJ).

JPJ director-general Datuk Solah Mat Hassan said the vehicle must also be equipped with headlights, signal lights and brake lights, adding: “The braking system must be of a certain mark as it will be used on public roads.

“While such motorcycles are not expected to be occupying the fast lane, it cannot be too slow either as that could obstruct traffic flow and endanger the rider,” he said yesterday.

The Star recently reported that electric motorcycles were set to hit Malaysian roads as early as the first quarter of next year.

This is following the amendment to the Road Transport Act 1987 to exempt the vehicle having to register the engine and chassis numbers with JPJ.

The amendments are up for second reading in Parliament and will be debated at policy stage in the middle of next month.

At present, Modenas and Eclimo Sdn Bhd are ready to assemble electric motorcycles.

Modenas, the national motorcycle company, will offer the 1kw-powered motorcycle, currently referred to as CTRIC, which uses five sealed lead acid gel batteries and can hit a maximum speed of 110kph and travel up to 65km on a single charge. Its selling price is expected to be below RM5,000.

Eclimo will offer Penan, a scooter that uses the more expensive lithium-ion polymer battery pack which it claims will offer a similar performance to a 125cc petrol-powered motorcycle.

The scooter will be able to travel up to 120km at an average speed of 50kph while the battery can be recycled at the end of its life span of about 100,000km. It is expected to be priced slightly above RM10,000.

Both companies said their motorcycles had undergone several private tests with encouraging results.

Solah said the motorcycles would be evaluated by the department’s Vehicle Type Committee to test their roadworthiness.

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E-scooter boost for carbon emission reduction

Postby admin » Thu Mar 17, 2011 4:42 am

KUALA LUMPUR: New electric scooters in line with the go-green goal have been launched to complement efforts to reduce air polluting vehicle emission.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui said his ministry had identified the transportation sector where green technology would be implemented.

He added that the sector was the second highest contributor of carbon emissions, behind the industrial sector.

“My ministry is currently preparing the Electric Vehicles Infrastruc­ture Roadmap and the Fleet Test Vehicle Programme in Putrajaya which will be launched soon,” said Chin before unveiling the line of electric scooters here yesterday.

The futuristic-looking scooters, produced by Eclimo Sdn Bhd, feature an electric motor mounted in the rear wheel, which is powered by lithium-ion batteries.

The scooters have a top speed of 100kph and a maximum range of about 100km after each charge of 3.5 hours.

They have their own power cords which can be plugged into any household outlet.

Price for the scooter models starts at RM10,000 for a unit.

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