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After months of delays, the Cohesive Mobility Solution (COMOS) electric vehicle car-sharing programme has finally been launched today at Menara UOA Bangsar, officiated by Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal. With public registration having been open since last month, the service has now been kicked off at 10 locations in the Klang Valley.

The pricing structure has been revised again since the last update – membership now starts at RM25 a week, rising to RM50 a month and RM300 per year – for a limited time only, users can sign up for a significantly-reduced promotional first-year membership of RM50.

Usage rates will be charged at RM16 per half-hour (minimum usage), split into RM8 for every 15 minutes; unchanged from the RM32-per-hour rate previously mooted. For the first three months, there will be a promotional rate of RM6 every 15 minutes, totting up to RM12 per half-hour.

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Charges are capped after the sixth hour (meaning that you won’t be charged for any usage beyond that period), but the car has to be returned before 10 pm. Bookings can be made from the COMOS website anytime after 10 pm the day before planned usage.

Unchanged are the rental points, which are located at five LRT stations and five public spots – Asia Jaya, Bangsar, Pasar Seni and Ampang Park LRT stations as well as locations in Medan Tuanku, Lorong Bunus, Lorong P. Ramlee, UTM Jalan Semarak and Universiti Malaya. The initial fleet will consist of 10 Renault Zoes, down from the 16 announced last month.

How does it work? You’ll need to register yourself with COMOS, following which an account – linked to the user’s credit card – will be activated. Once you are registered and subscribed to the programme, you’ll be able to collect and activate your special RFID access card at Menara UOA Bangsar. That card is essentially a passkey used to unlock the vehicle, via the scanner under the bottom right of the windscreen.

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The pick-up locations double up as charging stations – users simply unplug the car before each journey, and upon the return, plug the charging cable back into the car, at which point billing stops. Not doing so continues the billing, so users will have to be mindful of that.

COMOS has also announced that it will be offering corporate lease packages in the near future, priced at around RM4,000 for the Zoe – the company is boasting double tax deduction for the service, along with the obvious zero fuel bills.

It has also stated that it has already supplied EVs to the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and Perbadanan Putrajaya (PPj); Melaka state agencies will receive their cars soon under the COMOS Corporate Vehicle Branding and Leasing Package.