Beijing Auto International Corporation or BAIC (pronounced as baik) has officially introduced Malaysia’s first locally-assembled electric vehicle (EV) – the EV200.

To be built either in Gurun or Pekan, as part of a joint venture between BAIC and local partner Amber Dual, the EV200 is said to be built on the previous-gen Smart ForFour’s platform, with styling derived from the first-gen Mercedes-Benz B-Class. The Malaysian-market models represent the first right-hand drive units for the Chinese brand.

The EV is powered by an electric motor rated at 40 hp and 102 Nm which drives the front wheels, paired with a 30.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. In terms of performance, the EV200 will make the 0-100 km/h sprint in 13 seconds and will hit a top speed of 125 km/h.

Said batteries also provide a claimed driving range of up to 200 km following the NEDC cycle, and they are produced by a joint venture between BAIC and South Korea’s SK Group.


For Malaysia, three variants of the EV200 will be offered – Relaxing Version, Showy Version and Enjoyable Version, the latter being the range-topper. Six exterior colours are available as well – Madrid red, Alpine white, Milan silver, Hamburg grey, Deep blue and Champs elysees gold.

Standard exterior equipment found on all variants include 14-inch alloy wheels, projector headlamps, and rear combination taillights. Aside from the Relaxing Version, all variants come with UV-resistant glass, electric side mirrors, parking sensors and a rearview camera.

As for the cabin, the kit list is largely shared across the range, with items such as a 6.2-inch LED multi-info display, fabric seats, three-spoke steering wheel and automatic air-conditioning being present.

All cars also come with a double-DIN infotainment unit linked to an 8-inch colour display. The entry-level variant’s unit features MP5 playback and navigation function, whereas the remaining variants tag on additional features corresponding to the car’s electric powertrain systems.


The accompanying mobile app also comes with a remote control function on top of remote data query for all variants save for the Relaxing Version as well. Moreover, they come with a six-speaker sound system compared to the four-speaker setup on the base variant.

In terms of safety, the EV200 comes with dual front airbags (driver and front passenger), anti-lock braking system and electronic brake force distribution.

The company did not reveal the pricing for the EV200 during the model’s debut here at the Mines International Exhibition & Convention Centre (MIECC) as the company will only begin sales next year, by which time they will be announced.