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COMOS EV car-sharing program to launch in August – rent a Twizy, Zoe or Leaf in KL, by the hour

Caroline Pelaez-Hue - 08-sept.-2014 12:02:37
Beginning from August, Klang Valley residents will be able to rent electric vehicles on an hourly basis thanks to the country’s first EV car sharing program, called Cohesive Mobility Solution (COMOS) . Three models will be available: the Nissan Leaf , Renault Zoe and Renault Twizy. The initiative, which is also the first of its kind in the ASEAN region, is a private/public partnership between CMS Consortium, Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) and Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia). Private company CMS Consortium operates under the care of NADI Manufacturing, which is controlled by Proton’s ex-chairman Datuk Seri Nadzmi Salleh. Ex-Proton MD Datuk Seri Syed Zainal Abidin, meanwhile, is COMOS’ executive chairman. At the beginning, a total of 30-40 EV units will be made available in KL. In November, operation is set to expand to Langkawi, with around 25 EVs. As for public charging stations, 60 locations will be introduced in line with the program’s introduction this year. The network will make its way to Penang, Melaka and Johor Bahru as the phases unfold. Eventually, the aim is have 3,500 EVs in the COMOS loop nationwide by 2020. Travelling beyond the range scope of a single charge will also be a possibility – there are plans to have EV charging stations at every R&R along the North-South highway by the fifth year of the program. In essence, COMOS is set to provide a complete run of E-Mobility services by integrating various parts of the EV ecosystem, including EV users, charging providers, fleet/parking management operators and telecommunication network associates. Initial capital for the project is RM5-7 million. COMOS is an open system, which means that any OEM can participate in the program, subject to meeting COMOS’ standard requirements – the three vehicles in the first phase of the program aren’t likely to be the only models equipping the fleet down the line. A quick aside on the topic of parking space, which is a likely issue to develop in downtown KL – Syed Zainal said that the project was working with DBKL on that particular element; the idea is that every car should have double that number in terms of parking spaces, so for starters there should be 120 plots for the initial phase of the program. Current EV owners will be able to utilize the charging stations; they’ll have to sign up for a COMOS membership and pay for charging, of course. Concerning the rental process: first, you’ll have to sign up as a COMOS member (you can choose to go annual, or weekly, for membership), and in order to rent an EV, you’ll simply need to make a booking for it online through a mobile app. A grace period of around 20-30 minutes will be given for the reservation, at which point no one else can book the selected vehicle. Once at the particular COMOS station, the user simply ‘checks in’ to pick up the key for the vehicle, before proceeding to tap a fleet card or scan a QR code on the Master Kiosk for authentication, after which one is good to go. The EV can be returned at any COMOS outlet, parked back at an appropriate EV parking bay and lined back to recharge. The rental rate is a ‘pay as you use’ type, working on an hourly basis. According to Syed Zainal, there’s no limit to how long you can choose to hold on to a vehicle. As for the hourly rate itself, he didn’t disclose the final sum, only saying that it would be “affordable, a little more than what it would cost you for a taxi.” The actual rate is set to be announced before the programme begins (sometime next month, it was said), and further details on the rental process and scope will also be fleshed out further.  

Renault to assemble Fluence in Malaysia

Rafizah MAZLAN - 23-mai-2014 05:37:14
Renault and local partner Tan Chong Motors are to assemble the Fluence - a model aimed at emerging market consumers - in Malaysia. Renault also says it is expanding its distribution network in the country. Gilles Normand, Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Region for the Renault group, and Dato Tan Heng Chew, Executive Deputy Chairman and Group Managing Director of Tan Chong Motors Holdings Berhad, have signed the agreement to build Fluence in Malaysia.   Renault says the agreement will enable it to build its presence and awareness, not only in Malaysia but also across the whole of South-East Asia, a region with real opportunities for growth. Malaysia is the third biggest regional economy after Thailand and Indonesia, with growth running at over 5% on average over the past thirty years and living standards that are among the highest in South-East Asia. In 2013, the automotive market expanded by more than 5%, with sales of 645,000 vehicles.   To support this growth, Renault is increasing the size of its network with an aim to have 25 dealers by 2016. Renault started building its awareness in Malaysia with sports models such as Mégane Renaultsport, sold here since 2010, and Clio Renaultsport, unveiled at the Malaysia Grand Prix. Koleos is also on sale. Renault has partnered in Malaysia with Tan Chong Motors since 2003.   The company describes the launch of Fluence as the first stage in Renault’s drive to step up the pace of growth in Malaysia. Recognised for its strength and reliability Fluence is the Renault group vehicle used to win international markets, particularly in countries where three-box sedans are popular. Other launches are planned in the future for vehicles meeting the core requirements of the local market.

Renault may set up EEV plant in M’sia

Rafizah MAZLAN - 27-févr.-2014 03:41:38
French auto manufacturer Renault SA may be among the first original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to set up base here to produce energy efficient vehicles (EEVs) , according to AmResearch.   In the report, AmResearch thought that Renault would be the first OEM to be awarded the EEV licence under the Government’s initiative to promote the production of EEVs.   “The rest are likely to be General Motors (US), Great Wall (China) and Hyundai (South Korea), based on our best guesses,” it said in a report recently.   Renault SA did not respond to queries by StarBiz.   International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed recently said the Government would issue EEV manufacturing licences by April in line with the National Automotive Policy (NAP 2014) announced last month.   The NAP 2014 aims to turn Malaysia into an EEV hub in Asean to promote the local production of hybrids and electric vehicles.   The research house said past meetings with regulators and players suggested that the government had been in talks with four foreign OEMs to set up base in Malaysia.   “Tan Chong Motor Holdings Bhd is the immediate beneficiary of Renault’s entry. However, we think that initial production volume may not be meaningful, estimated at 300 units per month, which is 2% of Nissan’s total Malaysia sales,” the research house said.   Currently, Tan Chong is the official franchise holder for the distribution of Renault models in Malaysia. AmResearch said it expected Tan Chong to use its underutilised Segambut plant for the Renault production.   “While it used to assemble one Renault model (Kangoo) several years ago, production had since been phased out. Renault’s re-entry into the completely-knocked down business is not entirely surprising. It has, in the past, indicated its interest to do so, including exploring partnerships with the national carmaker but things did not materialise,” it said.   Moves by Renault’s European peers like Volkswagen and Peugeot to make Malaysia a regional hub had driven Renault to keep up with the competition in the region, the research house said, leading the French auto maker to maintain price competitiveness.   “Auto parts players are the broader beneficiaries of the potential entries of all four new foreign OEMs, on top of new investments into EEV production lines by existing OEMs. We think a form of consolidation in the industry to improve cost efficiency and product range is worth watching out for this year,” it said.     Source: The Star

1st Edition of SOUDAX Seminar on Micro Resistance Welding and Applications in Kuala Lumpur

Yuki CHONG - 18-févr.-2014 10:15:31
UBIRFRANCE Malaysia organised  the first ever seminar on Micro Resistance Welding and Applications. on the 17th of February 2014. The event was supported by SOUDAX, the French expert company in resistance micro welding since 1973. The speaker at the event was Mrs. Céline Cochet - Vedel, the Export Manager for Soudax.    The seminar began with a presentation of Soudax’s areas of expertise, followed by a demonstration on the industrial applications of their products and a interactive networking lunch. Professionals from the automotive, aeronautic, battery industries were present at the seminar, along with representatives from the academic field. Overall, the seminar was a very interactive affair, with many questions on this new technology posed to Mrs. Céline Cochet Vedel.    Soudax is currently present in Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, India, Russia, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, UK, Belgium, North America, Australia …  

MAI to develop EEV project with Dassault

MAZLAN Rafizah - 18-nov.-2013 07:19:35
The Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) is in talks with Dassault Systemes, a French aviation outfit of Dassault Group, to set up a green mobility components manufacturing unit for energy efficient vehicles (EEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs) in Malaysia.  MAI, an agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, will work with Dassault Systemes on the project through the French company’s local partner, Feiran Technology Sdn Bhd. MAI signed a memorandum of understanding with Dassault Systemes in July, for the transfer of technology pertaining to the French company’s expertise in three-dimensional and product lifecycle management solutions.   Source: The Malaysia Reserve

ACOEM opens an office in Malaysia to boost its international development

MAZLAN Rafizah - 04-juil.-2013 11:15:08
On 25 June, ACOEM has inaugurated its new office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The move is a part of their growth strategy to boost its international development. This french company is a specialist center in  vibro-acoustic engineering  for the petrochemical, automotive and transport industries, among other sectors. The new office will be run by five ACOEM employees and 15 staff from TSSI, ACOEM’s exclusive partner.

Citroën : gears up for expansion in Malaysia

Zehra ABBAS - 05-mars-2013 04:19:29
Naza Euro Motors today unveiled the highly anticipated Citroen DS5 and DS4 at its newly launched Citroen Glenmarie 3S centre. The Citroen DS5 and DS4 are the first models to be launched by Naza Euro Motors following its appointment as the official distributor for Citroen in Malaysia in January and signals the beginning of a new era for the brand in Malaysia. The launch of the two models coincided with the launch of Naza Euro Motors’ RM3.5 million flagship 3S outlet, Citroen Glenmarie. Source: Citroën Malaysia
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