Hyundai Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has officially introduced the Kona Electric in the country. The fully-imported all-electric SUV arrives in its facelifted guise and goes on sale in three variant forms.
As previously highlighted, these will consist of a base 39.2 kWh model called the e-Lite, a higher-specification 39.2 kWh version called the e-Plus and a range-topping 64 kWh unit known as the e-Max.
Specification-wise, the 39.2 kWh variants feature a 136 PS and 395 Nm motor, which offers the SUV an operating range of 305 km on a single charge (WLTP cycle). Performance figures include a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 9.9 seconds and a 155 km/h top speed.
As for the 64 kWh model, output from the same permanent magnet synchronous motor is upped to 204 PS, with torque remaining the same at 395 Nm. A larger battery gives the variant an operating range of 484 km (WLTP) on a single charge, and performance numbers are also up, to 7.9 seconds for the 0-100 km/h run and 167 km/h in terms of top speed.
In terms of charging, the Kona Electric features two charging ports, a Type 2 AC and a CCS2 DC. The base Lite has a 7.2 kW onboard charger, and regular AC charging with via the single-phase 7.2 kW route will take around 6.5 hours to get the six module (90 cells) battery from 10% to 80% SOC.
The Plus 39.2 kWh and Max 64 kWh variants have a 11 kW onboard charger, and regular AC charging takes 4.5 hours for the 39.2 kWh and around 7.5 hours for the 64 kWh, which has a 10 module (98 cells) battery. Going with DC fast charging with a 50 kW charger takes 60 minutes for the 39.2 kWh model and 90 minutes for the 64 kWh version. With a 100 kW charger, it’s 47 minutes for both batteries.
Standard equipment across the range includes LED headlamps, LED tail lights, LED daytime running lights, rear foglamps, auto headlamps and wipers and Remote Start, with the same 17-inch alloys and 215/55 rubbers to be found on all three variants.
Inside, common to all three are leather upholstery, single-zone automatic air-conditioning, steering wheel audio controls, three USB ports, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and an eight-inch central touchscreen display, with a six-speaker audio system and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.
The Lite makes do with manual front seat adjustment and doesn’t feature a head-up display and wireless charging, which the Plus 39.2 kWh and Max variants have. The latter also comes with 10-way driver and eight-way front passenger electrically-adjustable seats.
Safety-wise, all the Kona Electric models come with six airbags and the usual raft of items, including ESC, ABS, VSM, traction control and hill-start assist. All three variants also come with the automaker’s SmartSense safety suite, but there are differences in specification with the Lite and the two higher-range offerings.
The Lite comes with Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Following Assist, Leading Vehicle Departure Alert, High Beam Assist, Rear Occupant Alert and Driver Attention Warning, but its forward collision assistance assist is limited to only vehicles and pedestrians, as it features only a camera but no radar.
With a radar, the Plus and Max get the full complement, adding on rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist (RCCA) and blind spot collision avoidance assist (BCA), which can apply the brakes where necessary, in addition to providing warning.
The Plus and Max also come with Safe Exit Warning (SEW), which alerts passengers to oncoming hazards as well as smart cruise control with stop and go, and the forward collision assist on the duo adds on the capability to track cyclists.
No shortage of exterior colours for the Kona Electric facelift, with nine choices in all, all in two -tone (with a black roof). These are Ignite Red, Atlas White, Cyber Gray Metallic, Surfy Blue Metallic, Pulse Red Pearl, Galastic Gray, Jungle Green and the quaintly named Dark Knight and Drive in Jeju.
Finally, pricing, and HSDM has announced that for the Kona Electric will begin from RM149,888 for the e-Lite, while the e-Plus will go for RM169,888. The range-topping e-Max is priced at RM199,888, all on-the-road without insurance.
All the Kona Electric variants come with a standard two year/50,000 km warranty, with a battery warranty of eight years of 160,000 km, whichever comes first.
Original Article: paultan.org
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2022 Mazda BT-50 Pick-up Truck and MX-30 EV or CX-30 CKD Coming to Malaysia Soon – Preview on Nov 29
Mazda distributor Bermaz has released a teaser of two upcoming models, which it will preview on November 29. The sole image only shows silhouettes of the new cars, but we can see that they are an SUV of some kind as well as a pick-up truck.
The identity of the pick-up is pretty obvious, because Mazda makes only one – it’s the new BT-50, based on the latest Isuzu D-Max. It has a unique exterior design but shares the same cabin and mechanicals as its sibling, including the 150 PS 1.9 litre and 190 PS 3.0 litre turbodiesel engines and six-speed manual and automatic gearbox options.
It’s the unknown SUV that’s a little harder to discern. The shape appears to belong to the CX-30 at first glance (Bermaz is working on CKD local assembly for the car, after all), but look closely at the rear end and you’ll see a tiny bump reminiscent of a round taillight – exactly like the ones on the MX-30.
This makes sense, given that the electric vehicle was due to be launched before the CKD CX-30, alongside the BT-50. In fact, the MX-30 was supposed to have arrived in Malaysia more than a year ago in October 2020, but the timeline has obviously been shifted, likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
More recently, a Maybank Investment Bank research article reiterated that the MX-30 will be coming, subject to Mazda’s approval and the government’s EV policy (which has since been revealed). It also confirmed that the car will be introduced in fully electric form, rather than the mild hybrid model also available in certain markets. To recap, the MX-30 EV is powered by a 145 PS front motor, juiced by a 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery to deliver range of 200 km on the WLTP cycle.
Don’t discount the CKD CX-30, however – last we checked, production of the crossover was due to start in December ahead of the 2022 on-sale date. Expect the car to be offered with the same range of engines – a 164 PS 2.0 litre Skyactiv-G petrol four-cylinder and a 116 PS 1.8 litre Skyactiv-D turbodiesel.
Original Source: paultan.org
Selangor Aiming to Install 10,000 EV Charging Stations by 2025 – First 1,000 Units Expected to Be Ready in 2022
The Selangor state government has announced it is aiming to install 10,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the state by 2025, with the first 1,000 stations expected to be ready next year, according to the Selangor Journal.
The ambitious plan was outlined by Selangor MB Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari earlier today. Speaking at the tabling of the 2022 Selangor Budget at the state legislative assembly, he said the state is looking to pioneer EV usage, and the development of a charging infrastructure would help expand that scope in faster fashion.
Amirudin said that the state government and private parties would collaborate on the project, which will involve an investment value of RM10 million. It was not detailed what type of chargers would be utilised or what rates, if any, consumers would be expected to pay for charging.
He did however say that incentives would be provided to businesses and industries that invest in EV infrastructure projects, and there would be no public parking charges imposed on EVs next year. “The incentives include a reduction of business fees and assessment tax. Apart from that, parking fees which come under the jurisdiction of the local authorities will also be waived for EV users in 2022,” he explained.
The state’s plan to develop an EV charging infrastructure sounds timely, given the upcoming EV push announced by the government during Budget 2022. In the outlined plan, EVs are set to be completely exempt from import duty, excise duty, sales tax as well as road tax for a period of two years, starting from January 1, 2022.
Source Here: paultan.org
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