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VinFast VF E35 and E36 EVs in Supercar Blondie Vid

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Last week, VinFast made its American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show with the world premiere of two electric vehicles – the VF e35 and VF e36. The SUVs will go on sale in North America and Europe starting next year, the Vietnamese carmaker said.

We obviously couldn’t be there for the reveal, but one person who was present is Alex Hirschi, better known as Supercar Blondie. She was able to get an up-close-and-personal look at the cars, showing off some of the design details – like the signature V-shaped front and rear lighting and the connection with design house Pininfarina – and sharing the headline figures.

To recap, the e35 is designed to compete with the Tesla Model Y, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Volkswagen ID.4, while the e36 is a massive three-row BMW X7-sized model taking the Model X. Both models get a minimalist interior with a huge 15.4-inch centre touchscreen and no instrument cluster (a head-up display instead shows key information), with the e36’s third row of seats also just about visible in the video.


They will also get a full complement of cameras and sensors – including lidar – to provide Level 3 semi-autonomous driving capability. In terms of powertrains, the e35 and e36 are available with twin electric motors that provide all-wheel drive and a total system output of 300 kW (408 PS); the e35 can also be had as a cheaper single-motor version with 150 kW (204 PS).

Depending on the battery fitted, the e35 is capable of between 459 km and 499 km of range, while the e36 can do between 484 km and a massive 679 km on a single charge. Pre-orders start in the first half of 2022, with deliveries slated to kick off in the fourth quarter. According to Alex in the video, the company plans to open 60 dealerships in California alone.

GALLERY: Vinfast VF e35 and e36














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AD: Double Your Joy With Amazing Prizes Including a BMW G310R With a New BMW From Millennium Welt!

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Congratulations, you made it to the end of the year! There has been no shortage of challenges, but you have managed to face them, and now is the time that you reward yourself. Nothing else says success quite like a new BMW, and Millennium Welt is sweetening the deal with its year-end sales campaign.

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That is not all, as you will get the chance to double your joy by being entered into a lucky draw, taking place during the launch of Millennium Welt Kuala Lumpur North. You will be in the running to win the grand prize of a BMW G 310 R (three units, one for each Millennium Welt outlet), so do not miss out.

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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

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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.

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Selangor Aiming to Install 10,000 EV Charging Stations by 2025 – First 1,000 Units Expected to Be Ready in 2022

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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.

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