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A trailer load of Renault Zoes has been spotted in Malaysia by reader Ng Quan Joe – could this be the first batch of cars for the COMOS EV car-sharing scheme?

Back in May, we told you about Cohesive Mobility Solution (COMOS), Malaysia’s first EV car-sharing programme, under which Klang Valley residents would be able to rent either a Nissan Leaf, Renault Twizy or Renault Zoe on an hourly basis.

The initial aim was to have 30-40 EV units operational in KL at the time of launch (targeted for August at the time), and 60 public charging stations. The vehicles would be purchased by COMOS, the cost of which would be recouped by rentals and revenue generated through the sale of advertising space on the cars.

The Renault Zoe is powered by a synchronous electric motor with rotor coil that produces 65 kW (87 hp) and 220 Nm of torque. Its official NEDC cycle drive range is rated at 210 km, but the real-world range is around 150 km in temperate conditions such as ours.

The B-segment hatch comes with Renault’s patented Caméléon charger, which is compatible with all power levels up to 43 kW. Charging batteries at a charging station can take between 30 minutes and nine hours.

COMOS is a 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. COMOS’ executive chairman however, is none other than ex-Proton MD Datuk Seri Syed Zainal Abidin.

Renault Zoe at COMOS ‘soft launch’