We had a look around the Cohesive Mobility Solution (COMOS) booth at the 5th International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition (IGEM 2014) in KLCC to check on the company’s progress on its EV car-sharing programme, which last time we checked was set for an official launch in November.

According to executive chairman, ex-Proton MD Datuk Seri Syed Zainal Abidin, the project is indeed on track, and will begin operations early next month. Four COMOS charging stations are expected to be ready when the service rolls out – these will be at the Bangsar and Pasar Seni LRT stations, Jalan Medan Tuanku 1 and Lorong Bunus 1 – with 16 slated to be completed by the end of the year.

Company officials present at the show also mentioned that tentative pricing has been revised since the public introduction of the programme last month – COMOS initially announced a rate of between RM20-25 an hour, but public feedback has caused it to rethink its strategy, pushing instead for RM15 for the first half-hour and RM5 for every subsequent fifteen minutes.

Fifty Renault Zoes will kick off the car-sharing programme, with the Twizys making their way into the service later on. The initial batch of 30 Twizys will instead make their debut with the company’s EcoRide project that will enable tourists to rent an EV to explore attractions with navigation and voice-guided tours.

Speaking of which, some news on the EcoRide front – the company has signed an agreement with the state of Melaka to be one of the first cities to adopt the service, deploying 15 Twizys. COMOS is also planning to introduce the programme in Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Iskandar in Johor Bahru and Langkawi.

COMOS has also slightly revised the tentative monthly pricing for the corporate lease packages, which now stand at around RM4,500 a month for the Zoe and around RM5,100 a month for the Nissan Leaf. As before, the company is boasting double tax deduction for the service, along with the obvious zero fuel bills.