Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) and Voltron Sdn Bhd have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with aims to “encourage a shift to clean transportation”, at the ongoing 2015 International GreenTech & Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM). While the name GreenTech may ring a bell, the latter is a local electric bicycle manufacturer.

The signing aims to “increase efforts” to introduce the firm’s electric bicycle to the market, with the target audience being comprised of students, government ministries and government-linked companies. According to Voltron, its electric bicycle, dubbed Voltron Electric Pedal Assisted Bicycle (EPAB), is publicised as the first of its kind to be fully designed and manufactured in Malaysia.

Positioned as an alternative “gateway to encourage commuters to switch to electric transportation,” the Voltron EPAB is priced from RM2,500 and, unlike electric cars, riders will not face range anxiety as the bicycle can simply be propelled forwards like a regular bicycle when the battery runs flat.

With an ever-expanding public transport network, the Voltron EPAB is touted by the firm as “ideal first- and last-mile connectors” that should help alleviate parking woes faced by the user at train/bus stations. Power comes from a 36V lithium-ion battery while charging said power cell would take between three to five hours.