Go Auto, the company behind Haval vehicles in Malaysia, has plans to “transform Malaysia into a regional manufacturing hub for electric vehicles and its components” and will soon deliver electric buses to its first customer.

Go Auto’s executive director Datuk SM Azli SM Nasimuddin Kamal said the EV prototypes are near completion. “Go Auto has been given the trust to supply electric buses worth RM30 million by the Melaka state government. The first batch of the vehicles is expected to be handed over in the end of 2017. Go Auto is also in its final talks for several new projects involving the supply of electric buses,” he said.

“We are proud for being given the trust. We are committed in developing the EV components for the Malaysian and ASEAN markets. To ensure that the production of the components goes smooth, we have decided to collaborate with companies like Microvast, a battery manufacturer for EV vehicles from the United States, and Higer bus manufacturer,” Azli said.

According to its website, Microvast is a fast-growing market leader in design, development and manufacturing of ultra-fast charging, long-life battery power systems with superior safety for EVs. The company was founded in 2006, is headquartered in Texas, and has a manufacturing plant in Zhejiang province, China.

Higer is a maker of buses based in Jiangsu, China. According to the company profile, its products are available in more than 100 countries across the world, and its 2016 revenue was RMB 9.066 billion (RM5.77 billion).