Malaysia’s first electric vehicle will be unveiled next month, at the upcoming Malaysia Autoshow, to be held from November 10 to 13 at the Mines International Exhibition and Trade Centre. Said to be a joint venture between Beijing Auto International Corporation (BAIC) and Malaysian company Amber Dual, the locally-assembled EV will be a new sedan, based on an existing BAIC EV200 hatchback.

No official name has been announced for the locally-assembled EV just yet, but the sedan is expected to have a total range of approximately 200 km on a full charge. Details are scarce at the moment, but if it is to be based on the BAIC EV200, it’s likely its technical specs wouldn’t be all that different from the donor model.

The BAIC EV200 looks like the first-gen Mercedes-Benz B-Class both inside and out – the two companies have a joint venture in China. In EV200 form (there are EV150/EV160 models in its home market), the hatchback has a 53 kW (72 hp), 180 Nm electric motor paired with a 30.4 kWh lithium ion battery. The 4,025 mm-long, 1,295 kg vehicle has a top speed of 125 km/h, and can get from 0-80 km/h in 9.7 seconds.


It was reported late last year that Chinese automaker BAIC was set to make Malaysia its electric vehicle manufacturing hub for the ASEAN region, with an assembly plant in Gurun, Kedah expected to start operations in September or October this year. Things appear to be on track, with a public debut set for November.

The plant in Gurun has an annual capacity of 20,000 units, and is said to be ready for assembly to commence. Production will be for the domestic market, and possibly for export later on should market conditions permit.

Entrance fee to the Malaysia Autoshow is RM10 for adults, while students with identification cards will be allowed entry free of charge on November 10 and 11 (Thursday to Friday).